Turkey will try six of 10 rights ac­tivists

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL - — COM­PILED BY DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

IS­TAN­BUL — A Turk­ish court on Tues­day jailed Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s Turkey di­rec­tor and five other hu­man-rights ac­tivists pend­ing trial over ac­cu­sa­tions they aided an armed ter­ror group.

The de­tainees are the lat­est sus­pects in a gov­ern­ment crack­down that ini­tially tar­geted al­leged sup­port­ers of last year’s failed coup but has since broad­ened to in­clude gov­ern­ment op­po­nents.

In a de­ci­sion that Amnesty In­ter­na­tional called a “crush­ing blow for rights in Turkey,” the court in Is­tan­bul also de­cided to re­lease four other ac­tivists from cus­tody pend­ing the out­come of a trial but barred them from trav­el­ing abroad. They also will have to re­port reg­u­larly to po­lice.

The 10 — Amnesty’s Turkey di­rec­tor Idil Eser, seven hu­man-rights de­fend­ers and their Ger­man and Swedish train­ers — were de­tained in a July 5 po­lice raid on a ho­tel on the is­land of Buyukada, off Is­tan­bul, where they were at­tend­ing a dig­i­tal se­cu­rity work­shop.

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