[UPDATED] Lawyer arrested for allegedly pro-Gülen movement social media posts

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photo: Hürriyet

An İstanbul court arrested lawyer Sibel Sevinç Deveci on Wednesday, due to social media posts deemed to be propaganda on behalf of the faith-based Gülen movement.

Deveci was detained on May 9 at her Istanbul home as part of an ongoing investigation.

Her detention came three days after she tweeted: “As a lawyer, I know they will try to pretend not to be Justice and Development Party [AKP] supporters. The future is near. Don’t forget,” in reference to current AKP supporters, drawing a harsh reaction from pro-government social media accounts.

Deveci is accused of disseminating propaganda for the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government blames for a failed coup on July 15, 2016.

The group denies any involvement in the attempt.

The Hürriyet newspaper said Deveci also posted the following tweets on the night of the coup: “We have no business in the streets. The soldiers are ours!”; ”Soldiers, do what is best”; “Someone is trying to pit soldiers against Turkish citizens”; and “Everyone, including the president, interior minister and AKP İstanbul branch chair, is calling on people to take to the streets. Don’t do that!”

(Turkish Minute with Turkey Purge)

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