Three people were detained in Turkey’s border province of Edirne while they were on their way to escape to the Greece on Feb 2, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.
Anadolu said gendarmerie stopped a bus near the Üyüklütatar village in Edirne and rounded up the suspects who were facing outstanding arrest warrants over ties to the Gulen movement. Three Afgan nationals were also caught along with the trio while media said they were paid to facilitate the illegal trip.
All six people were put in pretrial detention with the first three being charged with membership to Gulen movement and the remaining with human smuggling.
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.