Faruk Güllü, one of the owners of the leading baklava maker Güllüoğlu Baklava, was given a prison sentence of eight years, nine months over links to Turkey’s Gülen group, accused of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016.

The group denies any involvement in the attempt.

The same court also ruled for Güllü’s release due to the time he served in detention prior to his sentencing. Güllü spent some 4 years in pre- trial detention because “a book related to the Gulen group was found at his workplace” during a police search.

“Once I was told about the arrest warrant issued for me, I went to my workplace and voluntarily surrendered myself to the police [over there]. Only a licensed book was found during police search. …I have been under arrest for 15 months,” Güllü said, adding that he had no other links to the movement, during his court appearance on Oct 30, 2017.