Prosecutors in the western province of Uşak have demanded two life sentences and an additional 1,900 years in prison for US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whom the government accuses to mastermind the July 15 failed coup, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Aug. 16.
In a 2,527-page indictment, Gülen is charged with attempting to destroy the constitutional order by force, forming and running an armed terrorist group, and financing terrorism, among other accusations.
Gülen has repeatedly repudiated involvement, condemning any intervention into democratically-elected administrations.
Thirteen out of 111 suspects in the case, in which Gülen is the “number one suspect,” have been arrested and all face prison terms ranging from two years to life in jail for forming an armed terrorist organization and running it, financing terrorism, attempting to change the constitutional order, attempting to overthrow the government, and fraud.
The case dates back to September 2015, long before the failed takeover bid, and was launched by the Uşak Prosecutor’s Office into the financial assets of the what the Turkish government calls Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).
The indictment states that FETÖ members gained access to state archives by infiltrating into official institutions and intelligence units over the course of many years, aiming to seize all of the state institutions rather than to destroy the existing system.