Prosecutor demands 2.5 millenia prison sentence for Turkish journalist Hidayet Karaca

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded 2,445 years in prison for Turkish journalist Hidayet Karaca, former general director of the now-closed Samanyolu Broadcasting Group, in a case against him over match-fixing in Turkish football leagues, advocacy group Jailed Journos reported on Thursday.

Karaca stands accused of inciting violation of confidentiality of communication, phone tapping and recording, and forgery of official documents.

The journalist is one of the most prominent pupils of Fethullah Gülen, a Pennsylvania-based Muslim preacher, who Ankara accuses of having orchestrated a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 along with his followers. Samanyolu TV was among the media organisations with close ties to Gülen.

The high profile match-fixing case started in 2011, after police detained 60 people in raids across Turkey, including Aziz Yıldırım, then chairman of Istanbul-based club Fenerbahçe, and other prominent figures in Turkey’s primary football division.