At least 7 people were jailed pending trial following their illegal attempt to sneak into Greece where they had reportedly planned to seek asylum.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Wednesday that 7 out of 8 people who were caught at a rice farm near Turkey’s Greek border in Edirne province on Monday.

Anadolu said the group were on their way to escape to Greece due to their affilation to the Gulen movement in Turkey.

The court in charge put in pretrial detention 7 of the suspects including a teacher, a student dormitory manager, a dismissed public worker and private sector employees.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 60,000 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.

On Feb 13, at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey.

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