Twelve people were taken into custody while they were allegedly on their way to escape Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to a Greek island on Saturday.
Coastguard stopped a boat off the shores of Fethiye in Mugla province and rounded up the suspected individuals over their alleged links to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the Jul 15, 2016.
Detainees included former teachers and police officers who were earlier dismissed over their ties to the movement, and two children. According to Turkish media, arrest warrants were earlier issued for nine of the those detained.
More than 120,000 people have been detained and some 50,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.
Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.