Mother with 6-month-old baby detained in Balıkesir, sent to Tekirdağ for interrogation

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Ayşe Büyükgezici, the mother of a six-month-old baby boy, was reportedly detained in Balıkesir over alleged links to the Gülen movement and sent to Tekirdağ for interrogation, a city located some 200 kilometers from where she was detained.

According to the TR724 news website, as part of an investigation launched by Tekirdağ prosecutor Sedat Taş, Büyükgezici was put under detention with her baby last week and had spent three nights in a Balıkesir jail. Upon the prosecutor’s demand, she was transferred to Tekirdağ for further interrogation on Saturday.

According to the report, Büyükgezici was detained after one of her relatives filed a complaint alleging that she had secret relations with the movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15.

Büyükgezici was reportedly released pending trial on Sunday.

Dozens of human tragedies in Turkey have been reported, part of the government witch-hunt against the Gülen movement, which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accuse of being behind the failed coup.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. The movement denies the accusations. (Turkey Purge)

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