ANKARA (Turkey): Turkey detained Thursday the main legal advisor and also the former us president of any major business conglomerate under a probe into supporters of your Muslim cleric blamed for July’s failed coup, the corporation said.
Dogan Holding chief legal advisor Erem Turgut Yucel and former leader Yahya Uzdiyen were detained after police raided their offices and homes, the business said in a statement to your Istanbul currency markets.
Dogan Holding is among the Turkey’s biggest conglomerates with interests in retail, tourism and media along with the Hurriyet daily, Dogan news agency and broadcaster CNN Turk.
“These folks were detained during the investigation during which our Ankara administrative representative Barbaros Muratoglu was arrested,” the firm said.
Muratoglu was charged a few weeks ago with “aiding an armed terror group FETO” – which is the term for “Fethullah Terrorist Organisation” — the name Turkish authorities give to the movement led by Fethullah Gulen.
Dogan Holding insisted searches were made only from the aforementioned executives’ personal offices after Turkish media reported the company’s Istanbul offices were the subject of police raids.
“Our holding and subsidiaries’ activities may not be affected,” the organization said, adding work continued as before “without interruption”.
Islamic preacher Gulen – currently in self-imposed exile in the nation – denies Turkey’s accusations he ordered the failed July 15 coup.
And the movement denies it\’s really a “terrorist organisation”, saying it\’s actually a peaceful group promoting education and charity.
Since July, over 41,000 persons have been arrested after parliament imposed conditions of emergency a week after the attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The controversial state of emergency was extended Tuesday for another three months.
More than 100,000 people from the civil service, judiciary, military, media and education sector are detained, dismissed or suspended over alleged links to the coup-plotters.
Ankara is here under heavy criticism above the widescale purges nonetheless the government insists it truly is dealing with a real threat, saying it\’s got to remove Gulen supporters from the state.