Stopped by Aydın E-type Prison to visit his colleague who has been under custody for alleged ties to the Gülen Movement, Turkish judge known by the initials E.D. was detained by police, on Monday.

E.D. was also taken into custody as police searched him and found a SIM card on him before his visit to the fellow colleague.

E.D. had earlier been detained briefly as part of an another investigation into the movement.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded a thousand others, on July 15. Immediately after the coup bid, the government along with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have launched a widespread purge that aimed to cleanse sympathizers of the faith-based Gulen Movement from within the state institutions, dehumanize the popular figures of the movement and put them under custody.

A total of 81,494 people have been purged from state bodies, 40,029 detained and 20,355 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.