M.A., a professor of business ethics who was earlier dismissed from his job at Istanbul’s Yildiz Technical University, has been put in pretrial detention after he attempted to flee Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece.

M.A. was detained along with A.C.E. a fellow academic who was purged from the Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir and G.H., a former prep school teacher while the three were allegedly on their way to flee Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece, media said on Dec 31.

Hurriyet said Jan 1 that M.A. was put in pretrial detention over ties to the Gulen movement.

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.

Some 150,000 have lost their jobs, more than 126,000 have been detained and some 56,000 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.