A Malatya-based couple, identified with initials H.Y. and I.Y., were detained along with their two kids near Greek border in Edirne province, on Friday.

The family was reportedly on their way to escape Turkey to Greece as they fear government persecution in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

H.Y. worked as a teacher at a private school until it was shut down as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement Meanwhile, his wife I.Y., also a teacher, was earlier dismissed from her job at a public school and has had a travel ban over Gulen links.

The government accuses of the Gulen movement of masterminding the coup attempt while the latter denies involvement.

Edirne police stopped the family of four while they were in border village of Doyran, reportedly preparing for illegal departure from Turkey. The children were handed over to a family relative meanwhile H.Y. and I.Y. were taken under police custody.

The court in charge released H.Y. pending trial, however, I.Y. was put in pretrial detention.

More than 126,000 people have been detained and some 56,000 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.

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