Meryem Senturk, a Zonguldak woman and a mother of six, was arrested after police failed to locate his husband who has been under investigation over his alleged links to the Gulen movement, on July 19.

According to Aktifhaber news portal, Senturk was detained and put in pre-trial arrest in Beycuma prison in Zonguldak before being transferred to Duzce prison after three days.

Senturk was arrested only because, Aktifhaber claimed, police were not able to reach his husband. “If your husband surrenders himself to police, we’ll release you in just half an hour,” she was reportedly told during interrogation.

One of Senturk’s children is a diabetic patient and needs diligent care at home, Aktifhaber said.

Turkish government accuses Gulenists of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the movement denies involvement.

It has become a common occurrence in the recent past that law enforcement often go after relatives when they fail to locate actual suspects.