At least 13 people were detained while they were allegedly on their way to flee Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece, media said on Jan 9.
State-run Anadolu news agency said gendarmerie stopped a suspected group of 13 people in Gavurağılı neighborhood in the western province of Mugla. When some of the group members attempted to escape gendarmerie and to avoid interrogation, they were rounded up.
Anadolu said that four of the suspects, identified as Şenol U, Oğuzhan P., Hüseyin S., and Mahmut A. were revealed to have outstanding arrest warrants over ties to the Gulen movement. While the four were detained and subsequently put in pretrial detention, three women and five children were released.
Turkey Purge has not received information about the remaining person.
The group was allegedly on its way to take a boat from Mugla to the Greek shores
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.