Former Zaman columnist and academic, Abdülkadir Civan was arrested over coup charges, bringing up the already high number of faculty members currently held under arrest.

Civan wrote columns for both Zaman and its sister publication, English-language Today’s Zaman; and gave economics courses at İzmir’s Gediz University until all three institutions were shut down by the government over their ties to the Gulen Movement in the past year.

The government accuses the movement of headind the July 15 coup attempt while the latter denies any involvement condemning interventions into democratically-elected administrations.

Turkey has already arrested 22,000 people, among them journalists, academics, judges, prosecutors, court personnel, police and military officers, businessmen and doctors over their alleged ties to the movement.

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