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Istanbul court delivers final verdict for opposition MP

ISTANBUL COURT DELIVERS FINAL VERDICT FOR OPPOSITION MP

The 2nd Penal Chamber of Istanbul Regional Court of Justice on Tuesday delivered the final verdict in the case of Enis Berberoğlu, whose previous sentence of 25 years in prison has been reduced to five years and 10 months.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Berberoğlu was initially sentenced to 25 years in June 2017 by the 14th Heavy Penal Court on the grounds that he had leaked the details of the "MIT trucks case" to a newspaper. His case was appealed and later forwarded to the 2nd Penal Chamber of Istanbul Regional Court of Justice.

The court has delivered the final verdict and found him guilty of leaking to Can Dündar, the then editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet daily, footage showing National Intelligence Organization (MIT) trucks being stopped en route to Syria in Jan. 2014.

In 2014, FETO-linked gendarmerie officers stopped the MIT trucks on their way to Syria, despite government orders to let them pass.

The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader, Fetullah Gulen, orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, leaving 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

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