Man rendered from Kosovo by Turkish intelligence sentenced to 8 years

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A woman protesting the arrest of six Turkish nationals in Kosovo on March 29.

A Turkish national brought from Kosovo by Turkey’s intelligence agency has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of membership in the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt despite its strong denial of any involvement.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, Hasan Hüseyin Günakan, one of six Turks detained by Kosovar security and handed over to Turkish intelligence in March 2018, was acquitted of espionage.

Since the failed coup, more than 130,000 civil servants have been removed from their jobs by the Turkish government while in excess of 30,000 people are still in jail due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement.

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