Istanbul charging Amnesty Turkey chief, 10 others for terror

Turkey's official news agency says the Istanbul prosecutor's office is charging Amnesty International's Turkey chief and ten others for belonging to and aiding terror groups.

The Anadolu news agency said officials completed an investigation into the 11 human rights activists, who are now pending trial.

Police detained the activists during a workshop on digital security at a hotel near Istanbul in July. Eight people, including German Peter Steudtner and Swede Ali Gharavi, were arrested. Three others were detained but released pending trial.

They are accused of aiding armed terror organizations in alleged communications with suspects linked to Kurdish and left-wing militants as well as the movement led by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating last year's coup attempt. Gulen has denied the accusations.