A Turkish prosecutor has demanded 3,623 aggravated life sentences for US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the pro-gov’t Yeni Şafak daily reported on Monday.
In addition to the aggravated life terms, the prosecutors also sought 2,923 years in jail for Gülen on charges of “orchestrating” a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
“A total of 3,623 aggravated life sentences, 2,923 years in jail and a TL 221 million fine have been demanded for Gülen, the leader of the US and NATO-backed occupation attempt [a failed coup] on July 15,” said Yeni Şafak on its front page, calling Gülen the prime suspect in 22 cases filed across Turkey.
The military coup attempt on July 15 killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Gülen openly denies any involvement.