ADANA, Turkey 

A court in Adana province on Thursday handed down a 260-month sentence to former Col. Cengiz Tarim for three separate crimes, including being a member of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

Prosecutors showed evidence of Tarim’s membership in the terror group and his participation in a defeated coup in July 2016.

The court decided to sentence Tarim to 140 months for exposing state secrets and another 120 months for being a member of the FETO terror group.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen is accused of orchestrating the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

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 Ahmet Gencturk​​​​​​​

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