A Turkish woman, identified by the initials H.T.K., was detained in Artvin province while she was allegedly on her way to escape to Georgia, on Feb. 28.
Police stopped a car along Turkey’s Georgian border to carry out a search upon complaint. H.T.K. was found hiding in a secret compartment below backseats, established near the car’s fuel tank.
According to Turkish media, H.T.K. has had an outstanding arrest warrant issued against her as part of government crackdown against the Gülen movement, accused to be masterminder of July 15 coup attempt.
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 since a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup.
About 130,000 people have been purged from state bodies, 92,000 detained and 45,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and a comedian.
Several tips earlier submitted to Turkey Purge confirm that both private sector and public institution deny jobs to the people dismissed after July 15, fearing government pressure.