A Turkish couple, identified only with their initials R.Ö. and G.Ö., were detained after a 2-year-long hiding period.
Ihlas news agency reported that arrest warrants were issued for the couple over their alleged links to the Gulen movement 2 years ago and that they had been in hiding since then.
The investigation against the couple was initiated in Adana while they were found in the neighboring province of Mersin, Ihlas reported.
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Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Following the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group, initiating a widespread purge aimed at cleansing members of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
More than 150,000 people were dismissed from their jobs over alleged terrorism ties as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s post-coup crackdown while 510,000 people were detained since the summer of 2016.