The chief physician of the now-closed Turgut Ozal University Hospital, identified as M.Y., was given 15.5 years in prison.

M.Y. and his wife U.Y., also a medical professor, were caught red handed while they were attempting to escape from Turkey’s post-coup witch-hunt to Greece in Nov, 2016.

The couple were allegedly on their way to take a boat on Evros river to illegally cross the Turkey-Greek border.

Gendarmerie who first intercepted the couple in the border province of Edirne found fake passports and ID cards on them as their original passports had been earlier revoked over ties to the Gulen movement.

Appearing before the court for their final hearing on Aug 29., M.Y. was given 10.5 years on charge of membership to the movement and another 5 years for “forgery of official documents,” while his wife was sentenced to 3 years on charge of aiding the movement and another 5 years for forgery.”

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, 2016. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 90,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.

On July 19, a woman and her three children died after a boat carrying a group of Turkish asylum seekers capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape the post-coup crackdown in Turkey.