A Turkish man with an outstanding arrest warrant over Gulen links, identified as H.K., was detained while he was allegedly on his way to escape Turkey to France.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Nov 29 that coastal guard caught H.K. in a cargo vessel docked at a port in the western province of Mugla.

H.K. is accused of membership to the Gulen movement.

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 220,000 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.