Thirteen of 19 previously detained lawyers were referred to court on Wednesday, with a Bursa prosecutor demanding their arrest over the use of a smart phone application named ByLock, which is considered by the Turkish government to be “proof” of a connection to Gülen movement.
According to data provided by the @ Av_EvrenSEL Twitter account on Jan 23, Turkish government has arrested 287 lawyers since a coup attempt on July 15. Also, detention warrants have been issued for at least 708 attorneys since the attempt.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen.
The movement denies the accusations.
More than 123,000 have lost their jobs, nearly 88,000 detained and some 43,000 arrested since the coup attempt.