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Trustees were appointed to four education institutions and a catering company in Alanya district of Antalya province on Friday in a government initiated move.

Counter-terrorism units from Antalya Police Department carried out raids to several education institutions and companies on May 18 on the grounds that they financially supported the parallel structure.

“Parallel” is a term invented by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to refer to the followers of Gülen movement, inspired by the Turkish Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gülen.

The trustees appointed to the institutions are Ferit Yücel Ergün, Erhan Kapu, Osman Yer and Ahmet Tevfik Arslan.

Since a massive corruption scandal that implicated then-ministers of the Cabinet erupted on Dec. 17, 2013, Erdoğan and the AK Party government claimed that the graft investigation was a “coup attempt” against his government and accused the Gülen movement of being behind it.

The sons of ministers, well-known business people, a district mayor, a director of a state-owned bank, and many high-profile figures, who were arrested as part of the investigation, were released and the prosecutors who initiated the case were later imprisoned as a result of political interference. However, four Cabinet ministers were forced to resign.

Gülen movement strongly denies the accusations.

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