he is accused of “membership in a terrorist organization,” A court in the Turkish capital of Ankara has Gülen, a nephew of the Islamic preacher Fethullah gülen to seven and a half years of imprisonment.

The Turkish government makes to his uncle for the coup attempt of 2016 is responsible. Selman Gülen denied the accusations and claimed to be his uncle once in a lifetime encounter. He accused the court, only because of the kinship relationship to the accused.

Fethullah Gulen for a Long time lives in exile in the US in the state of Pennsylvania. He denied any involvement in the attempted coup, had been beaten. According to official Turkish figures, more than 250 people were killed in the coup attempt were killed.

Since the coup attempt, the government is cracking down on alleged terror suspects and government critics. On Monday prosecutors had advertised in three provinces at least 111 people for investigation and dozens of people were detained, among them many soldiers. Between the 10. and the 17. December alone has been arrested 421 people for alleged Links to the coup leaders, it said in a statement, the Ministry of the interior.

in Total, according to official Figures from the middle of November, since 2016 is around 218.000 people in the short or long term in prisons landed. More than 140,000 people have been dismissed from the state service. The international sharply criticized the measures also meet academics, human rights activists and journalists.

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