Via Turkey Purge – A Sanlıurfa teacher, identified with his initials I.P., who was removed from his job in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed coup, was detained along with his wife and four children, according to Dogan news agency on Thursday.
Gendarmerie stopped 6 people near Turkey’s Greek border in Edirne’s Hüyüklütatar village. The detainees turn out to be I.P., his wife and four children.
Media said the teacher has long been under investigation over his Bank Asya account and alleged use of ByLock, a controversial, encrypted mobile app that Turkish government believes to be the top communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the failed coup on July 15, 2016 while the latter denies involvement. Since the now defunct Bank Asya was founded by Gulen followers as well, account holders are considered as coup suspects now.
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.
The article was originally published at Turkey Purge