At least seven people, including 1 prosecutor and 3 judges, were detained while allegedly trying to flee Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece, the Kronos news portal reported.

According to the report, the judges and the prosecutor were dismissed from their jobs following a coup attempt in 2016 over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the failed attempt. The group denies any involvement.

The prosecutor identified with initials A.P. and the judges identified with initials M.K, T.D. and Y.Ö., reportedly taken to a police statin for interrogation in İpsala, a town and district of Edirne Province in northwestern Turkey.

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.

Some 150,000 have lost their jobs, more than 126,000 have been detained and some 56,000 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.