December 18, 2017
December, 1 | ANKARA | 10 LAWYERS WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
Ten lawyers, five of whom have allegedly downloaded the i-message app named Bylock were taken into custody in Ankara. After 7-day police custody, three of ten lawyers were arrested and others were released with probation rule. Since 15 July 2016, 136 lawyers in Ankara were taken into custody and 49 of whom were arrested.
December, 6 | BALIKESIR | A LAWYER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
A lawyer who allegedly downloaded the i-message app named Bylock, was taken into custody in the province of Balikesir. Since 15 July 2016, 18 lawyers in Balikesir have been under criminal prosecution with 7 of whom arrested.
BYLOCK APP | THE MOST COMMON PRETEXT OF THE ONGOING PURGE
I-message app named Bylock has become the most common pretext for detentions and (terrorism related) convictions since the failed coup attempt. Suleyman Soylu, Turkish Minister of Internal Affairs said on 12 December that “23,171 of 102,596 people who have been identified as using the ByLock mobile phone application have thus far been investigated.”