Mother of 6 arrested since police failed to locate husband suspected of Gülen links

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Meryem Şentürk with her daughters. (Photo: Turkey Purge)

Meryem Şentürk, a mother of six from Zonguldak, was arrested a week ago after police failed to locate her husband, who has been under investigation over his alleged links to the Gülen movement.

According to the Aktifhaber news website, Şentürk was detained and put in pre-trial detention in Beycuma Prison in Zonguldak before being transferred to Düzce Prison three days later.

Şentürk was arrested only because, Aktifhaber claimed, the police were unable to locate her husband. “If your husband surrenders himself to police, we’ll release you in just half an hour,” she was reportedly told during an interrogation.

One of Şentürk’s children is a diabetic and needs care at home, Aktifhaber said.
The Turkish government accuses Gülen movement of masterminding a July 15, 2016 coup attempt, although the movement denies any involvement.

It has become a common occurrence in the recent past that law enforcement goes after relatives when they fail to locate actual suspects. (Turkey Purge)

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