Former member of HSK sentenced to 10 years for Gülen movement ‘membership’

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The Supreme Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued a final verdict for a former member of Turkey’s Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) and sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment for alleged membership in the Gülen movement, the T24 news website reported.

Former jurist Şaban Işık denied links to faith-based movement, which the government accuses of orchestrating a failed coup on July 15, 2016 and labels as a terrorist organization.

The 9th Penal Chamber of the appeals court announced the verdict, which shortened the sentence that was previously handed down by a different chamber of the court.

The regime in Turkey has been pursuing a crackdown on real and perceived supporters of the Gülen movement.  Nearly 5,000 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed since the July 15 coup attempt, and many are jailed over alleged links to the movement.

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