Turkey Formally Arrests Producer of Erdogan 'Execution' Film

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 20, 2017

More than 50,000 people have been jailed pending trial and 150,000 state workers including teachers, judges and soldiers have been suspended or dismissed under emergency rule imposed last July after the coup, and extended further on Monday.

Prosecutors accuse them of "committing a crime in the name of a terror organisation without being a member", he said.

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's secretary general, added: "Turkish prosecutors have had 12 days to establish the obvious: that these ten activists are innocent".

"This is not a legitimate investigation, this is a politically motivated witch-hunt that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey".

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"It is our understanding that Gharavi was in Turkey to participate in a peaceful seminar about freedom of the internet and we have urged Turkey to quickly clarify the grounds for the accusations against him", Margot Wallström said in a statement.

"Her incommunicado detention and that of the other human rights defenders attending a routine training event is a grotesque abuse of power and highlights the precarious situation facing human rights activists in the country".

"The UK along with governments around the world must do more and publicly demand Idil and her colleagues' immediate release".

Amnesty International has called on the United Kingdom government to speak out over the detention of top Amnesty officials in Turkey over the past month.

Turkish police on Wednesday arrested the producer of a film about last July's failed coup attempt on charges of forming and leading a terrorist group, the Hurriyet daily said. Ceremonies were held last weekend to mark the anniversary of the coup, in which 249 people were killed. As The Independent reported, Erdogan spoke before a vast crowd of supporters in Istanbul, and linked the coup to other terror attacks that have hit the country over the past year.

Gardner said the court verdict was a "shocking travesty of justice". U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly brought up the pastor's plight with Erdogan during a meeting at the White House in May, but the pastor remains in jail. Four of those have now been released, Gardner said.

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