ISTANBUL: An Istanbul court sentenced the president of top side Fenerbahce, Aziz Yildirim, to six years and three months in prison in its final verdict on a match-fixing scandal that has rocked Turkish football. The court also fined Yildirim $725,000 for establishing a criminal organisation and rigging games. In view of their detention times, the court released all of the four arrested suspects, including Yildirim. A total of 93 people were charged in the trial that began in February. The decision will be forwarded to a higher court for approval, and if upheld, Yildirim is likely to be put behind bars again. He was held in custody for a year after the scandal erupted last summer. But the legal process is expected to drag for another year before any final decision is reached.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2012.
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