Journalists face 15-year prison terms in Turkey

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Prosecutors in Turkey are looking to have a group of five journalists from an opposition newspaper sentenced to 15 years in prison.

{mosads}Sozcu newspaper columnists Emin Colasan and Necati Dogru and three editors are accused of assisting a movement led by Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, The Associated Press reported Monday, citing Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

Turkey in 2014 issued an arrest warrant for Gülen, saying he ran a terrorist group and was seeking to overthrow the Turkish government. Gülen, who resides in the U.S. and has not been extradited to Turkey, was also accused of being the mastermind of the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.

The journalists who face 15-year prison terms are being accused of supporting Gulen’s movement through their reporting and will go to trial in Istanbul on Jan. 18, according to the AP. 

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