The wife and one of the sons of former police chief Anadolu Atayun, who has already been under arrest for some 3 years, was detained in Mugla’s coastal district of Fethiye while they were trying to illegally escape to Greece in a boat.
Following a 34-hour chase launched upon a complaint, Fethiye police carried out an operation at the city’s fishing port where the suspected five people went aboard a boat for an illegal departure to the Greek island of Rhodes, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Saturday.
The five included Atayun’s wife B.A. and his son B.S.A., the news agency underlined adding that the remaining three were a doctor, who was earlier dismissed as part of the government crackdown against the Gulen movement, his wife and a captain who was previously investigated for human smuggling.
Police detained all the five.
Turkish government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accuses the Gulen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement.
The escape attempt came only days after Atayun’s two other children, 17-year-old Y.A. and 15-year-old H.A., were briefly detained over their alleged use of ByLock mobile app. The government claims that ByLock was once primary communication tool among the followers of the movement.
Former head of the Konya police’s anti-smuggling and organized crime bureau, Anadolu Atayun was put in pre-trial arrest over links to the movement in May 2015.
Earlier, Turkey also detained Fatma Yılmazer, a lawyer and the daughter of jailed police intelligence chief Ali Fuat Yılmazer.