An Istanbul businessman, identified as M.Ş. was detained near Dereköy border gate, Turkey’s exit to Bulgaria, on Thursday.
According to state-run Anadolu news agency, M.Ş. was on his way to escape Turkey’s post-crackdown to Bulgaria as he was being wanted over links to the Gülen movement.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement despite the latter’s denials of involvement.
With over 120,000 people already detained over alleged or real links to the movement, thousands of others tried to escape Turkey illegally as the government cancelled their passports. While many managed to get out of the country, hundreds of others have been caught near border on Turkish side.