A total of 14 people were detained near Turkey’s maritime border with Greece with most of them escaping from the government’s post-coup crackdown.
Izmir police carried out an operation in the coastal district of Cesme where the suspects had reportedly gathered to go aboard and sail through the Greek island of Chios, on Wednesday.
The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that 6 of the detainees are smugglers.
The remaining eight included the wife and the two children of former vice president of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK), identified as O.C., who has an outstanding arrest warrant issued as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement.
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 on Wednesday, an Edirne court arrested a technician and his wife, a dismissed police officer, after they tried to cross Turkey’s land border with Greece illegally.