Former judges Bülent Kınay and Fatih Mehmet Uslu were detained by Turkish security forces while trying to flee to Greece from Turkey’s Edirne province on Saturday.
According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, Kınay and Uslu were detained by Edirne gendarmes while trying to illegally cross Turkish-Greek border along with several other illegal immigrants.
Anadolu said the two former judges, who were earlier removed from their jobs in the government’s post-coup crackdown, were detained over their links to the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of being behind a failed coup last year. The movement denies involvement in the failed putsch.
Kınay served as a judge in proceedings regarding match fixing in the Turkish Football Federation in 2011, and Uslu was a judge at the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court, which conducted a trial involving the clandestine Ergenekon organization in which several prominent figures in the Turkish army, including a former chief of general staff, were convicted.
Turkey suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants following the coup attempt.
This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on Oct 21.