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>> Sentenced to 25 years over spying charges. Prominent lawmaker Enis Berberoglu, from Turkey´s main opposition party, was accused of providing an opposition newspaper with video claiming to show Turkey´s intelligence agency trucking weapons into Syria. But the sentence has prompted an outcry from his party. I'm Reuters' Emily Wither outside Istanbul's main courthouse.
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It was here that the sentence was just handed down. It's the first time a lawmaker from the main opposition party here has been handed jail time. His fellow party members are calling it an intimidation attempt by President Erdogan's ruling AK Parti. Lawmakers from the pro-secular Republican People's Party or CHP say the decision is aimed at intimidating the opposition.
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Claiming it's a sign that the judiciary here in Turkey is under the command of the government. The charges relate to a newspaper report in 2015 that claimed that trucks allegedly owned by Turkey's state intelligence service were found to contain weapons and ammunition that were headed for Syria. The government has denied the accusations saying the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid.
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Rights groups and Turkey's western allies have been concerned by Erdogan crackdown following last July's failed coup. 50,000 people have been arrested and some 150,000 more detained or dismissed from various fields.