Sevda Güven, a Turkish judge who has been fired from her job after a coup attempt in 2016, has been put in pre-trial detention in Samsun province over “membership in a terror organization.”

Güven and her husband Zeki Güven, a former intelligence officer as staff section chief at Ankara security directorate, were detained during a simultaneous raids carried out by the Eskişehir police on May 22.

Mr. Güven was sent to prison later the same day on charge of membership in the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

According to Kronoshaber news portal, Mrs. Güven was also sent to prison after spending six days in police custody on similar charges.

The couple was reportedly fired from their jobs by decrees issued by the Turkish government after the coup attempt and had been on the run ever since.

Turkey has so far detained more than 150,000 people over their alleged or real ties to the movement at home and the crackdown has  spilled over to overseas since the failed coup. More than a dozen Turkish nationals with links to the movement were deported from several countries to Turkey where most of them have been held in in pre-trial detention since.

A number of human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued statements in recent times, urging foreign governments to avoid extradition to Turkey.


Mr and Mrs Güven.