An İstanbul court has ruled for the arrest of 31 more lawyers as part of an investigation into Turkey’s Gülen group, the pro-gov’t Karar daily reported on Monday.
Last week, the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for 78 lawyers over their alleged use of a smart phone application known as ByLock, which is considered by Turkish authorities to be the top communication tool among followers of the Gülen group.
The group is accused by the government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Gülenists deny any involvement.
Forty-five of the lawyers were detained, of whom 31 were jailed on Wednesday, while 11 of them were released on judicial probation.
As of April 5, at least 400 lawyers had been incarcerated, while 997 others have been investigated either over alleged involvement in the coup attempt on July 15, or for having links to the Gülen group.
The data was compiled by Turkey Purge editors based on reports released by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency and the @ Av_EvrenSEL Twitter account, an initiative for arrested Turkish lawyers since the failed coup attempt.