Former high appeals court judge sentenced 14 years over Gülen links

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An inside view from the Turkey's biggest court house, Çağlayan. PHOTO: Hürriyet

Ahmet Toker, a former judge on Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals, was handed down a 14-year prison sentence on Thursday for alleged membership in the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Toker was among some 4,000 judges and prosecutors who were purged by a government decree after a failed coup in 2016 and was later arrested over alleged terrorism links.

Turkey accuses the Gülen movement of orchestrating the abortive putsch, although it strongly denies any involvement.

Since the coup attempt, nearly 140,000 public servants have been purged by the government over alleged Gülen links, and more than half a million people have been the subject of terrorism investigations.

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