Turkey Sentences Fethullah Gulen’s Brother to More Than 10 Years in Prison

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(MEE— The brother of a US-based preacher accused of masterminding the failed 2016 coup in Turkey was sentenced to greater than 10 years in jail on Monday, Turkish state media mentioned.

Kutbettin Gulen is the brother of Fethullah Gulen, who’s accused by Ankara of staging the bid to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A courtroom within the Aegean metropolis of Izmir sentenced Kutbettin Gulen, who was first detained in October 2016, to 10 years and 6 months in jail, the state-run Anadolu information company mentioned.

He had been charged with “membership of an armed terror group”.

Kutbettin Gulen, who’s held in jail within the close by area of Denizli, didn’t participate within the listening to in particular person however his lawyer was current, Anadolu mentioned.

Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who has lived in self-imposed exile in america since 1999, has denied orchestrating the 15 July 2016 coup plot that noticed 250 killed, not together with the plotters.

Gulen’s supporters reject the outline of his group by the Turkish authorities because the Fethullah Terror Organisation (FETO), saying he merely runs a peaceable organisation referred to as Hizmet (Service).

However Ankara desires Gulen extradited from america and has expressed impatience over Washington’s failure at hand him over, with the difficulty a serious bone of rivalry in Turkey-US ties.

Based on earlier Turkish media studies, Gulen has three dwelling brothers, Mesih, Salih and Kutbettin, in addition to two who’re lifeless, Seyfullah and Hasbi. He additionally has two sisters, Nurhayat and Fazilet. Their present whereabouts are usually not recognized.

Tens of hundreds of individuals have been arrested within the crackdown that adopted the failed coup in a sweep geared toward eradicating all affect of the Gulen motion in Turkey.

Kutbettin is the one sibling of Gulen believed to have been arrested within the crackdown, though a minimum of two nephews have been jailed.

In the meantime, Turkey has delivered a listing of 136 individuals it desires German authorities to extradite over suspected hyperlinks to terrorist teams, Hurriyet newspaper quoted Erdogan as saying on Monday.

Erdogan visited Berlin final week in an try to fix bilateral ties which have deteriorated since numerous German residents have been jailed in Turkey in a crackdown that has adopted the failed coup.

The newspaper quoted Erdogan as telling reporters on the flight house: “I don’t know all the names, however it’s a substantial checklist. A listing of 136 individuals in Germany.”

In 2016, Germany extradited 55 individuals to Turkey, together with eight over alleged terrorism offences, in accordance with German information, however extradition requests by Ankara for the reason that coup try have borne little fruit.