At least 4 people were detained during a police raid at an apartment in Edirne, Turkey’s border province with Greece, on Nov 20.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Edirne police acted on the information that the detainees were set to leave for Greece with illegal means.

The suspects, among them a former reporter for the now-closed Zaman newspaper, appeared before the court later in the day. Three of the detainees were remanded in pre-trial detention while the remaining one was set free.

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.

More than 220,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

Zaman was shut down by the government for its links to the movement in the aftermath of the failed putsch.