Opposition presidential candidate advisor arrested for ‘terrorist propaganda’

An advisor to opposition Good (İYİ) Party leader and presidential candidate Merak Akşener was arrested on Monday in Ankara on charges of  ‘’conducting terrorist propaganda,’’ independent news site t24 reported.

Kerim Çoraklık, an advisor to Akşener, who will be running in the upcoming presidential elections slated for June 24, was detained on May 8 for ‘conducting terrorist propaganda’ through social media.

Akşener’s advisor stands accused of promoting what the Turkish government calls the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ); the government accuses the group, also known as the Gülen movement, of orchestrating the coup attempt on Jul. 15, 2016.

Turkey began a sweeping crackdown on the movement following the 2016 coup attempt, which claimed the lives of over 300 and injured thousands. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in January announced that 48,305 people had been arrested for membership in the Gülen movement.