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Taner Kilic: Turkish court releases Amnesty head

A court in Istanbul has ordered the release of the head of human rights group Amnesty International in Turkey, who was detained last June.

Taner Kilic had been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, an accusation the London-based group had described as “baseless”.

The court ordered his release on bail. Ten other activists are on trial.

The arrests were part of a crackdown following the failed coup attempt of July 2016.

Mr Kilic was accused of using an encrypted messaging application called Bylock that the Turkish government said was used by followers of the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of being behind the coup attempt – a charge the cleric denies.

Source: BBC World ले छापेको छ ।

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