Turkey convicts 4 human rights activists of terror charges
Added 07-03-20 11:22:01am EST - “A Turkish court on Friday convicted Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, of membership in a terror organization and sentenced him to more than six years in prison.” - Washingtontimes.com
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ISTANBUL (AP) - A Turkish court on Friday convicted Amnesty International’s former Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, of membership in a terror organization and sentenced him to more than six years in prison.
The court also convicted three other human rights activists - Gunal Kursun, Idil Eser and Ozlem Dalkiran - of charges of aiding a terror group, sentencing them to one year and one month each. Seven other activists, including German citizen Peter Steudtner and Swede Ali Gharavi, were acquitted of the charges.
Ten of the activists were detained in a police raid in July 2017 while attending a digital security training workshop on Buyukada island, off Istanbul. The 11th activist, Kilic, was detained separately a month earlier in the city of Izmir.
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Ten defendants were charged with aiding terrorist organizations, including the network led by a U.S.-based cleric, which the Turkish government blames for the 2016 coup attempt and has designated as a terror group.
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