Bilal T., a Turkish citizen who was arrested over his alleged use of a smartphone messaging application called ByLock, has walked free after nearly 7 months behind bars.

The prosecutor had accused Bilal for using the mobile application that Turkish authorities believe is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.

However, it was later revealed that the phone Bilal had used Nokia 3310, a mobile phone that is not capable of running smartphone applications, including ByLock.

Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since a failed coup attempt last July.

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 any involvement.