Amnesty International chair detained in Izmir

Amnesty International chair detained in Izmir

Amnesty International says its director for Turkey Taner Kilic has been detained as part of a crackdown against people with suspected links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The rights advocacy group said late on Tuesday that Taner Kilic, a lawyer, was detained at his home in western Turkish city of Izmir along with 22 other people.

The group said his detention did not appear to be linked to his work with Amnesty International.

"We are calling on the Turkish authorities to immediately release Taner Kilic along with the other 22 lawyers, and drop all charges against them," the Amnesty's statement says.

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