3 released in Kayseri-based probe against Gülen movement

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İlyas (L) and Bekir Boydak (R) were detained as part of an operation against Gülen movement in August.

Bekir Boydak, İlyas Boydak and Mehmet Karakaya were released on Sunday in a Kayseri-based investigation into the Gülen movement, against which the Turkish government has been waging an all-out war, claiming that it masterminded a failed coup attempt in July.

Turkey’s leading businessmen brothers Hacı, Memduh and Bekir Boydak from Boydak Holding, headquartered in Kayseri, were arrested in August along with 68 others in Kayseri due to their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

After a hearing on Sunday, the Kayseri 2nd High Criminal Court released Boydak Holding’s former Chairman Hacı Boydak‘s brother Bekir Boydak, his son İlyas Boydak and businessman Mehmet Karakaya pending trial.

The court referred Hacı Boydak and businessman Arap Ali Aksoy to the Kayseri Institute of Forensic Medicine as they told the court they were ill.

The second hearing of the trial will be held in January 2017.

Boydak Holding is active in a number of sectors, including energy, furniture and banking with 38 subsidiary companies. According to its website, it has an annual turnover of more than TL 6 billion ($2 billion) and employs over 13,000 people.

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