Protest held at Turkish embassy against detention of Turkish-Azeri billionaire

Dozens of people held a protest in front of the Turkish embassy in Azerbaijan's Baku to demonstrate against the detention of Azeri-Turkish billionaire Mübariz Mansimov on Wednesday, Bloomberg said.

"Police in Azerbaijan used force to disperse dozens of demonstrators outside the Turkish embassy in Baku, who were protesting the arrest of an Azeri-born businessman in Turkey," Bloomberg said.

Mansimov, the owner of Istanbul-headquartered shipping conglomerate, Palmali Group, was detained on Sunday for links to Gülen movement, a religious group accused of carrying out a coup attempt in 2016.

The protesters called for the release of the Azeri-Turkish billionaire, who is known for his ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump, Bloomberg said.

Turkey blames U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen and his followers for the 2016 failed coup, and has since sacked hundreds of thousands of public officials and army personnel in a series of purges.