Twelve businessmen have been detained in Kayseri province for raising humanitarian relief for families adversely affected by an ongoing crackdown on the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of attempting a military coup on July 15, 2016.
The detainees — Hanifi Y., Muaz B., Mehmet A., Altan A., Hacı Ali D., Mahmut A., Mustafa A., Selçuk A., Fuat G., İbrahim Ş., İhsan Y. and Ali K. — were taken to the Kayseri Police Department for further interrogation.
According to the Milliyet daily, police detained the “suspects” at a meeting during which they were raising funds for victimized families.
Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies any involvement.