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Former Zaman columnist sentenced to 50 months in jail for threatening Erdoğan

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An İstanbul court on Tuesday handed down a prison sentence of four years, two months to former Zaman daily columnist Mümtaz’er Türköne on charges that he threatened President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in one of his articles.

The decision for conviction was made by the Bakırköy 2nd High Criminal Court.

In his defense, Türköne denied having threatened Erdoğan and demanded his acquittal.

Türköne is one of dozens of journalists who were jailed in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 on coup charges.

The Zaman daily was closed down by the government following the failed coup due to its links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup attempt, although the movement denies any involvement in the putsch.

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