Two lawyers who are registered to the Konya Bar Association and being investigated for their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, have been arrested in the Kuşadası district of Aydın province by the Turkish authorities while they were attempting to flee to Greece, Haber Türk daily reported on Thursday.
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 despite lack of any evidence to this effect.
The lawyers, identified as Mehmet Ş. and Ahmet B. were arrested in a house they rented in Kuşadası. They were reportedly looking for a speed boat to take them to Greece where they would file asylum applications.
Police found some money and digital data in the lawyers’ house and seized them.
Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies any involvement.
More than 100,000 people have been purged from state bodies and 34,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.