Başar Arslan, former publisher of Taraf newspaper had an arrest warrant issued against him on accusation of membership to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of organizing a coup attempt on July 15.

Taraf was earlier shut down with a post-coup government decree.

An Istanbul court issued detention warrant for Arslan while police failed to find him at his residence. The court turned the detention warrant into an arrest warrant.

Former Taraf columnist Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Baransu, former reporter for the newspaper has been under arrest for some time.

During its heydays between 2012 and 2013, the daily ran headlines that led to the Ergenekon and Balyoz coup plot investigations, which helped the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government subdue the role of the military in Turkish politics.