İbrahim Kılınç, a Turkish man who fled persecution in Turkey, has died of heart attack at a refugee camp in Germany, the Bold news portal reported.

According to the report, Kılınç was a revenue specialist at the Finance Ministry in Turkey. He was fired from his job with a decree issued in the aftermath of a coup attempt in 2016.  He was later arrested and placed in pre trial detention at a prison in İzmir over alleged links to the Gulen group.

The Gulen group is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding the coup attempt. It denies any involvement.

Following his release from prison on pending trial, Kılınç reportedly fled Turkey for Germany, where he sought asylum.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey through illegal means since a failed coup attempt in July 2016 following which the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on non-loyalist citizens under the pretext of an anti-coup fight. Most of these people are followers of the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding the coup attempt.