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Turkish judge bails eight human rights activists

12:35, Thursday, 26 October, 2017
Turkish judge bails eight human rights activists

A Turkish judge has ordered the release on bail of eight human rights activists including a senior official from Amnesty International, who were standing trial on terrorism-related charges.
     The decision was made after a marathon 12-hour hearing in the Çağlayan court, Istanbul, in the opening session of a trial that had been condemned by rights campaigners as politically motivated and an attempt to crush dissent.
     The decision means that 10 out of the 11 human rights activists who were detained in the case, including Amnesty’s Turkey director, İdil Eser, will be immediately released on bail. Taner Kılıç, Amnesty’s Turkey chairman, will remain in detention as he is on trial in a separate case in the city of İzmir.

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