An recent indictment filed by a Turkish prosecutor seeks 22.5 years of jail time for 6 former football players, accused of ties to the Gulen movement.
The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office has charged former soccer players Bekir İrtegün, Uğur Boral, Zafer Biryol, Ersin Güreler, Ömer Çatkıç and İsmail Şengül of being a member of a terror group due to their links to the Gulen group, media said.
All of the accused footballers were earlier detained except for Biryol and Çatkıç who have been in pre-trial detention for months now.
Most of those former players are mainly targeted for their attendance in faith-oriented meetups organized by Gulen followers and for their alleged use of ByLock mobile app.
Turkish government blames Gulenists for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the group denies involvement. Prosecutors ByLock was a top communication tool among Gulen followers until it was removed from the market.
More than 160,000 people have passed through police custody with 90,000 of them being put in pre-trial detention since the summer of 2016.
Testimonies of the 6 former players revealed that several other footballers had attended the religious gatherings earlier.