A Turkish court has decided to keep the head of Amnesty in Turkey detained on charges of belonging to the movement of the preacher Fathullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of trying the failed coup last year.
In Turkey, Amnesty International reported that Taner Kilish appeared before the Izmir court the day after his first trial in Istanbul as part of his indictment of 10 other human rights activists for "terrorist" activities.
Andrew Gardner, an FAO researcher on Twitter, wrote that the Izmir court had decided to keep Kilic suspended "in contempt for all justice and logic."
According to Gardner, the court decided to merge this issue with those that began consideration Wednesday in Istanbul and is expected to hold its next session on 22 November.
Klich was arrested in June on charges of belonging to an "armed terrorist organization," but he rejected the charge and said he was being tried for "activities on behalf of Amnesty International," the organization said on its Twitter account.
Kellech appeared before the court Wednesday along with Adele Ayzer, director of the organization's office in Turkey, and German and Swedish citizens.
The court ordered the release of eight of the 10 suspects arrested in July, including the German and Swedish nationals.
"The release of the largest number of activists" has restored some confidence in the Turkish judicial system, but this confidence has now dissipated, "Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty said after the decision against Klich.
The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, welcomed the release of his compatriot, and considered it "a first indication of the release" amid tension between Berlin and Ankara, according to the site, "weekly Der Spiegel."
For her part, a spokeswoman for Swedish diplomacy, told the Agence France Presse that the release of eight activists "good news." Finished