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125 more police officers face detention over use of ByLock

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As part of an İstanbul-based operation, detention warrants have been issued for 125 police officers including deputy police chiefs due to their use of a smart phone application called ByLock.

Last week as many as 120 police officers including police chiefs were detained across 35 provinces over their use of the same smart phone application.

Turkish prosecutors claim that ByLock is the top communication tool among members of the faith-based Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15. Critics, however, have blasted the government for detaining thousands simply for using a mobile application.

Tens of thousands of civil servants have either been dismissed or arrested for using the application. Critics say the use of a technological application is not a criminal activity nor is it evidence of membership in a terrorist organization.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement. The movement strongly denies any involvement in the coup attempt.

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