Turkish academic receives 9 year jail sentence over terror links

A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced academic Sedat Laçiner, who was arrested over alleged links to a religious movement which Ankara accuses of organising the July 2016 coup attempt, to 9 years, 4 months and 15 days in prison, independent news site T24 reported.

A prosecutor had demanded for a life sentence for the former rector of the Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University and adviser to the Higher Education Board (YÖK) president, who was arrested over links to the Gülen movement, which Ankara designates as a terrorist organisation. 

Laçiner has denied any links to terror organisations.

More than 450,000 people have been subjected to investigation over ties to the Gülen movement since the July 2016 coup attempt.

Turkish police have arrested 77,000 people and around 130,000 others — including teachers, judges, prosecutors and police and military officers — have been sacked from state jobs since the attempted coup.