A married Turkish couple suspected of affiliation to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) was apprehended trying to cross into Greece from northwestern Turkey yesterday. According to a military source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media, Turkish border guards intercepted six people - including two children - in Edirne province's border village of Doyran.
The source said the suspects spoke Arabic and identified themselves as Syrians, but later, nearby, soldiers found a marriage certificate belonging to two of the suspects, who were in fact Turkish. The certificate belonged to the arrested couple, both of whom were dismissed from their jobs after last year's defeated coup in Turkey. They had been accused of using FETÖ's ByLock mobile messaging app and were banned from international travel. One of the suspects was a technician at Dicle University in the southeastern Diyarbakır province and his wife was a former police officer, the source added.
FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.