Twenty-eight of 33 previosuly detained academics were referred to court on Monday, with an İstanbul 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.

The accused academics are working for the country’s prestigious İstanbul Technical University (İTÜ).

The Gülen movement is held responsible by the government for a failed coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

The movement denies any involvement.

(Turkish Minute)