At least 7 people were detained while they were reportedly on their way to escape from Turkey to Greece as refugee claimants, media reported Friday.
The suspects include 3 children a former teacher and a former police officer. The group was also accompanied by another 4 people, accused of aiding to the illegal escape attempt. With children being released to their relatives, four people suspected of ties to the Gulen movement were put in pre-trial detention along with 4 others, accused of human trafficking.
Turkish government accuses Gulenists of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. Thousands of suspected Gulenists have been exiled abroad due to the crackdown back home.