Savaş Akarçeşme, the mayor of Çamoluk district from the ruling Justice and Development Party(AK Party) was detained on Aug 24 over his alleged links the the US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whom the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Running under the AK Party banner in 2014 local elections, Akarçeşme was elected mayor of Çamoluk, a district of Black Sea province of Giresun.