The Turkish government has seized eight more companies in Turkey’s Kahramanmaraş province as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, accused of masterminding a July 15, 2016 coup attempt, a claim denied by the movement.
Trustees were appointed by the government to eight companies that were owned by a businessman who has been under investigation over his links to the movement. The companies operate in the food, automotive, mining, construction and telecommunication sectors.
The Turkish government has been confiscating the private property of non-loyalist businesspeople without due process on unsubstantiated charges of terrorist links.
The companies are allegedly connected to the Gülen movement, with the government coining the term “FETÖ” to designate the movement as a terrorist organization despite the lack of any court verdict to that effect.