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September 01, 2017

Release of 8 human rights activists ordered: Istanbul court

Istanbul court

A Turkish court has commanded the release of eight human rights activists including Amnesty International’s director of Turkey Idil Eser, who are on trial over disputed terror charges.

On the other hand, On October 25, a correspondent at the court stated that Amnesty’s Turkey chair Taner Kilic remain in detention.

On October 25, a total of 11 activists including a German and a Swedish national went on trial in Istanbul, which the rights watchdog sees as a test case for the Turkish judiciary.

The two foreigners are free to leave the country, a defence lawyer said, after the activists are released as expected overnight.

Kilic was detained in June and his case has been combined with that of the other 10 activists as prosecutors claimed he was aware of preparations for the workshop.

He has been charged with membership of an armed terror group while the rest are charged with “aiding” an armed terror group. Kilic was present in court via video link from prison.

He also appeared at a hearing on October 26 in Izmir, western Turkey, on a separate charge of being a member of the organisation accused of launching last year’s failed coup.

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