19 out of 43 people who were detained last Friday for providing “moral and material support” to the families of individuals targeted by a post-coup crackdown, were sent to prison by a Turkish court on Tuesday, the Kronos news portal reported.
The remaining 23 people were released on pending trial.
They are accused of membership in the Gulen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and labels it a “terrorist organization.” The group denies involvement in the coup attempt or any terrorist activity.
Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the group under the pretext of an anti-coup fight as a result of which more than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 30,000 others were jailed and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.
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