Po­lice raid com­pa­nies with al­leged Gulen links

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

TURK­ISH po­lice raided yes­ter­day dozens of com­pa­nies in Is­tan­bul in search of 120 sus­pects wanted af­ter last month’s botched coup at­tempt, state me­dia re­ported.

Po­lice car­ried out si­mul­ta­ne­ous raids on 44 busi­nesses in­clud­ing a hold­ing firm in the Usku­dar and Um­raniye dis­tricts on the Asian side of Is­tan­bul, the Anadolu news agency re­ported.

The sus­pects are ac­cused of fi­nanc­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of US-based cleric Fethul­lah Gulen who is blamed by au­thor­i­ties for or­ches­trat­ing the July 15 putsch.

Prose­cu­tors have is­sued ar­rest war­rants against 120 peo­ple, in­clud­ing com­pany man­agers, the news agency added.

The com­pa­nies tar­geted have not been named so far. It is not clear how many sus­pects have been de­tained in the raids.

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties have un­der­taken a re­lent­less crack­down on al­leged Gulen sup­port­ers in the wake of the coup, de­tain­ing over 35,000 peo­ple. Al­most 11,600 have since been re­leased.

Mr Gulen, in self-im­posed ex­ile in the US since 1999, has de­nied the gov­ern­ment’s ac­cu­sa­tions.

Turk­ish po­lice on Au­gust 15 raided four ma­jor courts in Is­tan­bul, de­tain­ing 136 of the wanted prose­cu­tors and other ju­di­cial staff work­ing at the courts. –

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