At least seven lawyers in the Kütahya province were detained as part of the government’s post-coup witch hunt targeting Gülen movement on Monday. The detainees are accused of having used ByLock, a smarthphone application that Turkish prosecutors claim to be the top communication tool among the alleged Gülen movement followers.
Meanwhile, three individuals and six former civil servants who have been dismissed from their posts in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15, were detained in the Turkish border province of Edirne on Monday while trying to flee to Greece.
The former civil servants were purged from their posts due to their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding the failed coup attempt. They reportedly had travel bans imposed on them.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to the massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of July 15. The movement strongly denies any involvement in the coup attempt.
As over 135,000 public officials have been purged from their duties, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has announced on April 2 that 47,155 people have been jailed and 113,260 people have been detained over alleged links with Gülen movement since coup attempt on July 15, 2016. (SCF with turkeypurge.com & turkishminute.com) April 25, 2017