A court in Istanbul has ordered the release of the head of human rights group Amnesty International in Turkey, who was detained last June.

Taner Kilic had been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, an accusation the London-based group had described as “baseless”.

The court ordered his release on bail. Ten other activists are also on trial.

The arrests were part of a crackdown following the failed coup attempt of July 2016.

In a statement, Amnesty welcomed Mr Kilic’s release, but said it would continue to pressure for the charges against the 11 activists, including another Amnesty member, to be dropped.

It added: “These unfounded prosecutions are an attempt to silence critical voices within Turkey but have only served to highlight the importance of human rights and those who dedicate their lives to defending them.”

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