Turkish Legislator Gets Prison Time For ‘Aiding’ Fethullah Gulen-Led Network

Turkish cleric and opponent to the Erdogan regime Fethullah Gülen adresses at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania on July 18, 2016 allegations by the Turkish government about his involvement in the attempted ... Turkish cleric and opponent to the Erdogan regime Fethullah Gülen adresses at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania on July 18, 2016 allegations by the Turkish government about his involvement in the attempted July 15 coup. The US-based cleric was accused by Ankara of orchestrating Friday's military coup attempt but he firmly denied involvement, also condemning the action "in the strongest terms". / AFP / Thomas URBAIN (Photo credit should read THOMAS URBAIN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 1, 2019 1:20 p.m.
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court in Istanbul has convicted a former opposition party lawmaker of aiding a network led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, and sentenced him to more than four years in prison.

Anadolu Agency said Friday the court convicted ex-opposition Republican People’s Party legislator Eren Erdem of “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terror organization.”

Turkey says Gulen was behind a 2016 failed coup and has branded his network as a terrorist organization. Gulen denies involvement in the coup attempt.

The ex-lawmaker is accused of supporting Gulen while he was editor of Karsi newspaper, which published voice recordings in 2013 that suggested widespread government corruption — allegations the government says were fabricated.

Erdem, who was arrested in June, is expected to appeal.

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