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Istanbul court sentences US consulate employee over speculated support to 2016 coup

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An Istanbul court on Tuesday sentenced a local US consulate employee to jail for aiding the network Ankara accuses of attempting a 2016 coup, in a verdict that could further strain the ties between Turkey and the United States.

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Nazmi Mete Canturk, a Turkish security officer at the Istanbul consulate, was sentenced to five years and two months. The court did not arrest Canturk, meaning he will be free pending appeal.

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