Family members say the wife and children of a Calgary imam jailed in Turkey have safely left the country.
Davud Hanci, though, remains in custody, accused in Turkish media of helping to orchestrate a failed coup attempt last month. Friends and family say he had nothing to do with the attempt to seize power and was only in Turkey to visit his ailing father.
Hanci’s sister-in-law, Ruveyda Durmas, says her sister called during a layover in Munich to say she and the children were on their way back to Calgary. Following Hanci’s arrest last month, friends and relatives expressed concern for the safety of his wife and two young sons. Durmus says her sister was allowed a minute-long visit with her husband shortly after he was detained, but has not been allowed to see him since.
Turkish officials have detained or arrested about 18,000 people while 70,000 others have been fired or suspended from the civil service, judiciary, military and other institutions since the coup.