An academic was tur along with a former police officer near Turkey-Greece border where they were reportedly on their way to escape the country as asylum seekers.

State-run Anadolu news agency reported Apr 16 that the pair was stopped in a restricted military zone near the border in Edirne province and detained over links to the Gulen movement.

The academic, identified with his initials N.O., was then put in pretrial detention while the former officer, S.B., was released on judicial control, Anadolu said.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against all kinds of opposition.

More than 510,000 people have been detained and some 100,000 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