By Aylin Sirikli and Kemal Karadag
ANKARA (AA) – The former secretary general of Turkey’s top judiciary council Tuesday was sentenced to over a decade over terror charges, judicial sources said.
The penal department of the Supreme Court in the capital Ankara ruled 15-year jail term for Mehmet Kaya, the former head of Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), who was convicted of being a member of Fetullah Terrorist Group (FETO).
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Kaya, who was a fugitive, was arrested in Canakkale, a northwestern province of Turkey, as part of an investigation into FETO in February 2018.
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.
*Writing by Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak