A former producer at the state-run broadcaster TRT, identified as E.D., was detained at a Bodrum hotel where he was allegedly making plans to sneak into a Greek island in the Aegean Sea.

Media reported Feb 23 that police raided a hotel in Mugla’s Bodrum district upon a complaint that E.D. was staying before his would-be escape to the Kos island.

Dismissed from his job over his alleged ties to the Gulen movement, E.D. had had an outstanding arrest warrant issued against him over the same links, media said.

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 126,000 people 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.