Taner Kılıç faces up to 15 years in prison over allegations he downloaded ByLock phone app ‘used in failed 2016 coup’

The chair of Amnesty International in Turkey and 10 other Amnesty activists are to go on trial on Wednesday facing potentially 15 years in prison 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 this week 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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