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Turkey: court orders Amnesty chair released from jail

January 31, 2018

Human rights activists stage a protest outside a court in Istanbul, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 where the trial of eleven human rights activists, accused of belonging to and aiding terror groups, is ongoing. They hold placards demanding the release of Amnesty's Turkey chairman Taner Kilic, who was imprisoned separately in June 2017, and goes on trial in the city of Izmir for alleged links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by the government for last year's coup attempt. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

ISTANBUL (AP) — A court in Istanbul has ruled for the release from jail of Amnesty International’s Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, pending a verdict in his trial.

Kilic, who was imprisoned in June, is accused of links to cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey says orchestrated the 2016 failed coup attempt. Kilic was accused of using an encrypted mobile messaging application allegedly employed by Gulen’s network. Kilic denies the accusation.

The court ruled for Kilic’s release on Wednesday on condition that he regularly report to a police station.

He is on trial with a group of 10 other activists detained in a police raid in July while attending a workshop on digital security. They were charged with belonging to and abetting terror organizations. The others of the group have already been released from jail.

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