A last-year econometrics student at Izmir’s Dokuz Eylul University was sentenced to 8 years in jail on accusations of membership to the Gulen movement, on Tuesday.

Under arrest over a year, the student, identified with his initials E.H., appeared before an Izmir court for his final hearing on Tuesday.

The prosecutor’s office claimed that E.H. had used ByLock mobile app; received scholarship from an association linked to the movement; had an account at Bank Asya; and owned a memory stick in which he allegedly stored religious sermons by Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

E.H. denied the accusations, demanded his release and said: “I want to continue my education.

The court sentenced him to 5 years and 4 months in prison on charges of membership to a terrorist organization and increased the imprisonment to 8 years in accordance with the anti-terror laws.

Already spent more than a year behind bars, E.H. was released following the ruling.