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611 Arrested in Turkey Amidst ECHR Ruling

Arrest warrants have been issued for 611 individuals as part of ongoing investigations in Turkey into their alleged affiliation with the Gülen Movement. As per the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), these individuals face accusations related to non-criminal activities, including the operation of student dormitories, providing assistance to the families of detainees, and being mentioned in Bylock communications.

ECHR Finds Violations in Previous Month’s Ruling The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) brought to light, in its recent Yalçınkaya decision announced on September 26, that the Turkish judicial system was causing harm to individuals in non-criminal matters. In the wake of the ECHR’s decision, 611 individuals have been taken into custody in Turkey in connection with investigations into the Gülen Movement, with 49 in Ankara and 110 in Izmir. These individuals were apprehended during early morning raids at their residences.

Charges Include Assisting the Families of Detainees Turkey’s Minister of the Interior, Ali Yerlikaya, made an official announcement regarding the operations through his social media account. Yerlikaya disclosed that these arrest orders were based on various reasons, such as being a Bylock user, having their names mentioned in its communications, facing statements against them, operating student dormitories, and providing financial aid to the families of detainees and convicts.

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