A former police chief who served as security manager for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan when he was prime minister has been arrested in Antalya over his alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

Maksut Karal is being charged with membership in a terrorist organization and involvement in activities on behalf of a terrorist organization.

Karal was forced to retire under a government decree dated Oct.29. He was recently detained.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

The movement denies any involvement.

(Turkish Minute)