Deputy head of Konyaspor also revealed to be ByLock user

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Ahmet Baydar (Photo: Memleketim)

Following the resignation of Ahmet Şan, chairman of Turkey’s Atiker Konyaspor football club, due to an investigation into users of ByLock, a smart phone application, Ahmet Baydar, deputy chairman and press representative of the club, was also accused of using ByLock, Cumhuriyet reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the name of Baydar, who also owns a local newspaper, appeared on a list of journalists who use ByLock. Denying the accusation, Baydar said despite the fact that the telephone line was registered to his company, it was used by Selim Kaya, a former staff member of his newspaper.

Şan, chairman of Turkey’s Atiker Konyaspor football club, resigned on Aug. 22, after being briefly detained as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

Şan said he was resigning from his position in order not to damage the Konyaspor football club.

Şan was detained on Aug. 21 for using ByLock, a smart phone application which Turkish authorities claim is a communication tool among followers of the movement.

The movement denies any involvement in the coup attempt.

Police searched Şan’s home and seized his cell phone and other digital devices. He was released after interrogation at the Konya Police Department.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been arrested for using ByLock since the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

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