A Konya court has ruled to arrest at least 7 more members of a religious group that is critical of the Turkish government, according to the Bold news portal.

The report said the arrestees were subjected to mistreatment and strip search while in police custody.

The Furkan Foundation is known for being critical of the Turkish government and for ardently advocating that religion and politics should not mix.

The foundation’s president, Alparslan Kuytul, was arrested in 2018 for criticizing Turkey’s military involvement in northern Syria. He publicly opposed the government’s decision to send Turkish soldiers to Afrin.

He was placed in pre-trial detention by an Adana court once again in May 2022. He is currently held in a prison in Adana province.