European Union’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove : ” “You need not only circumstantial evidence – like just downloading an app – but concrete substantive data which shows that they were involved…,”

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European Union’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove : ” “You need not only circumstantial evidence – like just downloading an app – but concrete substantive data which shows that they were involved…,”

(Reuters) – The European Union does not share Turkey’s view that the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is a terrorist organization and would need to see “substantive” evidence to change its stance, the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator said.

The comments by Gilles de Kerchove are likely to infuriate Ankara, which accuses Gulen of masterminding a failed military coup last year, in which more than 250 people were killed. Gulen has denied the charge and condemned the coup.

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Turkey Detains 9 Journalists Over Use Of Encrypted Messaging App

A Turkish court has ruled to remand journalist Aysenur Parildak in prison on charges of being “a member of an armed terrorist organization,” prolonging her already 15-month pre-trial arrest.

The 14th Ankara High Criminal decided on Thursday to keep Ms. Parildak in prison over the use of ByLock, an encrypted app, and rejected demand of lawyer for Ms. Parildak’s release, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

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Amnesty’s Turkish Chair On Trial In Post-Coup Crackdown-Over Allegations He Downloaded ByLock App

By Lee Munson

It has been reported that the chair of Amnesty International in Turkey and 10 other Amnesty activists have gone on trial in Istanbul in one of the most high-profile tests of Turkish criminal law since the failed coup in 2016 led to tens of thousands of arrests and dismissals from public office. Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty in Turkey since 2014, is on trial on two separate charges, largely on the basis of allegations that he downloaded a widely available phone messaging application called ByLock.

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[OPINION] Erdoğan’s terrorists in Turkey

by Abdullah Bozkurt

The Turkish government under autocratic president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s perpetual emergency rule last week expanded its definition of terrorism by calling the main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) “accomplices of terror” and “pawns of foreign powers.”

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UN Judge Akay has been sentenced to 7,5 years imprisonment on the grounds of using this comm. app.

In Turkey, we encounter many unreasonable, illegal and ambiguous judicial acts in recent years as a part of autocratic drift[1]. These judicial practices inexplicable within fundamental legal principles have been very often after the 15 July 2016 coup attempt. One of these famous irrational judicial acts is detention of people based on allegedly using the ByLock smartphone application.

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An overview about illegality of using bylock application as evidence in trials

This legal opinion addresses whether the Turkish State breached the rights granted by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) of those arrested since the failed coup of July 2016. Moreover, it focuses on whether Turkey contravened international criminal law, particularly considering the use of the Bylock messenger application as a proof of membership to a terrorist organization (namely, FETÖ – the organization allegedly headed by the US-based imam Fethullah Gülen – which is considered to be the organizer of the 2016 failed coup).

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