Turkish football club chairman briefly detained in post-coup investigation

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

According to Hürriyet, Şan was detained on Monday 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. Following the police detention Ahmet Şan has announced on Tuesday that he resigned from chairman post of Konyaspor, according to a report by BirGün daily.

Meanwhile, Ömer Çatkıç, a former goalkeeper of Turkish national football team, was detained by İstanbul police on Tuesday over his alleged use of ByLock mobile phone messaging application on Tuesday. It was reported by TR7/24 online news portal that 43-years-old Çatkıç was detained by police over a tip about his alleged links to the Gülen movement.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been arrested for using ByLock since a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016. (SCF with turkeypurge.com)

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