A Turkish man, identified with his initials S.T., was detained after he attempted to leave Turkey to Bulgaria with his passport, which, he later found out, had been cancelled by the government in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed putsch.
The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that S.T. handed over his passport to be stamped by police at Turkey’s Kapıkule border gate with Bulgaria. Border police detained him after finding out that his passport was reported as “lost” over his links to the Gülen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the last year’s coup attempt.
It has become common in the post-coup Turkey that the government cancels Gulen-linked peoples’ passports, falsely registering them as lost or stolen. More than 126,000 people have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer. Among the arrestees are those who earlier tried to escape Turkey illegally in response to this cruel government behavior.