İştar Gözaydın, a leading law professor, was detained along with 13 other academics and staff from the now-closed Gediz University as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, on Tuesday.
Police carried out operations in four provinces including Izmir to detain 14 Gediz University personnel.
The 57-year-old academic served as the chairman of the university’s sociology department until she was suspended after the coup attempt. Days after suspension of many others, the university was ultimately shuttered on July 23.
“They detained my spouse, İştar Gözaydın at home at 6 am the morning. Neighbors just told me,” husband İskender Savaşır tweeted on Tuesday.
A former Fulbright scholar, Gözaydın worked as a research fellow at University of London. Gözaydın is also among the founders of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a Turkey-based human rights organization.