A Turkish couple, both judges who were earlier dismissed from their posts over alleged ties to the Gulen movement, was detained while reportedly on their way to escape to Greece.
State-run Anadolu news agency said Thursday that M.S. and his wife Y.S. were rounded up near Turkey’s Greek border in the western province of Mugla. The couple had had outstanding arrest warrants over Gulen links prior to their attempt.
They were put in pretrial detention on charges of membership to a terror organization after they were detained.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 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.
On Feb 13, at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey.