Sait Çelik, a chemistry professor and the former rector of Turkey,s Usak University was sentenced to 7 years plus 11 months in jail.

Under arrest over his alleged ties to the Gülen movement since Dec 31, 2016, Çelik was jailed on charges of membership to a terrorist organization.

During his final hearing on Monday, Çelik was given 6 years and 4 months of imprisonment, which was later increased to 9 years and 6 months in compliance with the anti-terror law.

The court overseeing the case reduced the sentence down to 7 years and 11 months underlining that Çelik had no criminal record prior to the trial.

Çelik was appointed as the Uşak University’s rector in 2011 and held this post until he was arrested in late 2016.

The government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and considers it a terror group while the latter denies accusations.

Turkey has already detained over 130,000 people and arrested some 60,000 people, among them journalists, academics, judges, prosecutors, court personnel, police and military officers, businessmen and doctors, over their alleged ties to the movement.

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