Titled as the Doctor of the Year in 2013, cardiologist Mustafa Emmiler was arrested over his alleged links to what the government calls terrorist organization, amid massive purge launched after the July 15 failed coup.
Antalya police took Emmiler into custody as part of an investigation into the coup attempt, on August 15.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed some 240 people and wounded a thousand others. While the government accuses the faith-based Gülen Movement of masterminding the putsch, the movement has repeatedly repudiated such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically-elected administrations.
Pro-government media outlets reported the developments saying: “FETÖ Imam responsible for health sector arrested.” FETÖ is an abbreviation that the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan coined in order to describe the alleged network of the movement’s sympathizers within state institutions.
Emmiler was given the “Doctor of the Year” award by the Health Ministry for cardiac operations he conducted, in 2013.
More than 75,000 people have been purged from within public institutions while 30,000 people have been detained over alleged links to the movement since July 15. Meanwhile, nearly 15,000 people were arrested pending trial.
In his immediate remarks even before the coup attempt was yet to be rebuffed, Erdoğan said the intervention bid was a gift from God to cleanse Gulen Movement from the state.