A groom-to-be from Samsun’s Bafra district, identified as D.S., has been jailed after being sentenced to more than 8 years in jail on accusations of membership to the Gulen movement.

D.S. was an officer at a public hospital in Giresun province until he was dismissed from the post with an emergency decree in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed coup. A judicial investigation was launched against him following his dismissal. Having stood trial without arrest so far , D.S. appeared before the court for his final hearing on Friday.

The accusations against him include his alleged role of being responsible for the Gulen followers within the military.

The Samsun court overseeing his case convicted him of membership to a terror group and ruled for his arrest for 8 years, 1 month and 6 days.

D.S. was jailed to serve his sentence in a Samsun prison. Escorted from the courthouse following the hearing, he reacted to his conviction, posing for the photojournalists with his handcuffs.

Media reported that he was preparing for his wedding ceremony, scheduled for Jan 19, and that he has just printed invitations for the would-be quests to his wedding.

Turkish government accuses Gulen movement for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have passed through custody while 80,000 were remanded in pre-trial detention since the summer of 2016.

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