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Trustees appointed to educational foundation in Bursa in gov’t-led move

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Trustees were appointed to an educational foundation in the western Bursa province in yet another government-initiated move targeting the Gülen movement.

The Bursa 1st Civil Court of First Instance appointed the trustees to the Uludağ Cultural and Educational Foundation, according to a statement released by Orhangazi University officials.

The statement was made after Turkish media reported claims regarding a trustee appointment to the university.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government launched an all-out war against the Gülen movement, after a corruption investigation targeting people in Erdoğan’s inner circle became public with a wave of detentions on Dec. 17, 2013.

Erdoğan accused police officers, judges and prosecutors he claimed are linked with Gülen movement, which is inspired by Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, of being behind the investigation, which he branded as a “coup attempt.”

The movement strongly denies the allegations brought against it.

The move to appoint trustees comes amidst escalating government pressure on members of the Gülen movement as well as business groups, hospitals and schools affiliated with it.

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