Turkey: Over 300 receive jail sentence over FETO links

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A court in the central Konya province on Wednesday handed down jail sentences to 342 people linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), for their involvement in the July 2016 defeated coup.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, that martyred 250 people and injured nearly 2,200 others.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

The 9th Criminal Court convicted 332 out of 478 suspects of being members of an armed terrorist organization, a source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said.

Eight people were convicted of "aiding" a terror group and two others were charged with "managing a terror group".

The jail sentences range from 18 months and 22 days to 13 years and six months.

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