A former Council of State judge, identified by initials F.E., was detained in Istanbul’s Pendik district as he was leaving a housing compound with a fake ID on him.
Police carried out operation, upon complaint, to round up 46-year-old former judge on Sunday.
While a counterfeit identity card police reportedly found on him was seized, he was detained on accusation of membership to a terrorist organization and of having attempted to overthrow the government.
According to Turkish media, he has been on hiding in the country and was on his way to flee Turkey to another country like thousands of others did in the aftermath of Turkey’s coup attempt on July 15.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Meanwhile, the crackdown on the Kurdish media and political movement have also gained momentum after the failed coup, with tens of Kurdish mayors along with a number of MPs jailed as part of such operations.
Over 135,000 people, including thousands of teachers, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the movement or the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since the coup attempt. The government has also detained 95,000 people and arrested 47,000 since July 15.