An Ardahan businessman, identified as G.C., has failed to escape arrest even though he obtained a fake ID to survive the government’s post-coup witch-hunt.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Feb 7 that a prosecutor in Ardahan issued an arrest warrant for G.C., who earlier spent some time in prison over ties to the Gulen movement before being released pending trial.

G.C. was detained in the neighboring province of Trabzon while police found a fake ID on him.

G.C. was subsequently put in jail by the court overseeing his case.

Turkish government blames the Gulen movement for the 2016’s failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 60,000 people have been jailed pending trial over Gulen ties so far.

Earlier, a former Council of State judge, identified by initials F.E., was detained in Istanbul’s Pendik district as he was leaving a housing compound with a fake ID on him. According to media, he had been on hiding in the country and was on his way to flee Turkey to another country like thousands of others did in the aftermath of Turkey’s coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

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