March 4, 2018
Lawyer Kemal Uçar, known for his critical statements concerning July 15, 2016 coup attempt cases, has been detained as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement, Milliyet reported on Saturday.
According to the report Uçar, who represents some of the military officers arrested following the failed coup, was accused of disseminating the propaganda of the Gülen movement on social media. Uçar’s links to movement are being investigated.
“A prosecutor told me: ‘Kemal, you question military issues too much. You will be blacklisted as a lawyer for FETÖ [a derogatory term for the Gülen movement].’ I said that ‘I am not [their lawyer]. Why would they arrest me?’ He said, ‘I’m not saying you’re a member of Fetö, but you shouldn’t be surprised if they arrest you.’ I said: ‘How can they do that?’ He took out his cell phone and said: ‘They can say that you use ByLock [a mobile phone application]. But I said that I don’t use ByLock. He said: ‘It’s not important. You will stay in prison six months, one year, and you will learn your lesson until you prove it’,” Uçar said on a recent TV program.
Uçar used to share messages on social media that the ByLock mobile phone app can not be used as evidence to arrest people.