A total of 10 people were detained near Turkey’s maritime border with Greece with most of them escaping from the government’s post-coup crackdown, Dogan news agency reported on Monday.
Coast guard in Mugla stopped a speedboat off the shores of the resort town of Turgutreis, and rounded up 10 Turkish nationals along with 2 Ukrainian citizens, who are believed to have facilitated the illegal departure attempt as smugglers.
The suspects had reportedly gathered to sail through the Greek island of Kos.
Dogan said detainees include four children and two women and that half of them were accused of having links to the Gulen movement in earlier investigations.
Turkish government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accuses the Gulen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement.
Turkey has already detained some 120,000 people over alleged or real ties to the movement. Amid the crackdown, many people attempted illegal entry into Greece, with some arrested near the border and, on some occasions, drowning in the Evros River, the border between the two countries.
Meanwhile, another Turkish man, identified as Z.S., was detained after he attempted to leave Turkey to Bulgaria with his passport, which, he later found out, had been cancelled by the government in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed putsch.
It has become common in the post-coup Turkey that the government cancels Gulen-linked peoples’ passports, falsely registering them as lost or stolen.