A 34-year-old man, identified only with his initials A.K., has been detained during a visit to his relative in prison, in pre-trial detention over ties to the Gulen movement, media said Thursday.

It turns out A.K., himself, had an outstanding arrest warrant, issued by a prosecutor in the neighboring province of Mersin on charges of membership to the movement.

The Turkish government blames the Gulenists for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people including thousands of academics, teachers, judges, lawyers and may from other professions have passed through police custody and over 80,000 of them have been jailed pending trial since the summer of 2016.

Some 150,000 have lost their jobs and the government cancelled their passports as well.

Thousands of others are known to be in hiding across Turkey.