Yeni Asya columnist Kazım Güleçyüz released a letter from the child of a former police officer who was arrested over his alleged use of the controversial smart phone application, ByLock despite the fact that he has been using a classic cell phone that is not capable of running smartphone applications.
“I am a student of sociology department at the university. My father was a police officer with 22 years of experience. He was dismissed with the government decree No 672. Then he was detained and put in pre-trial arrest on ByLock accusation. But, my father uses a classic cell phone and it is not possible for him to use this app,” the letter read.
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 (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen.
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.
Güleçyüz covered another letter from the family members of a Turkish military official who was arrested for his alleged use of ByLock despite his possession of a classic phone, on Apr 8.