A total of 21 businessmen were taken into custody as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, the pro-gov’t daily Sabah reported on Tuesday.
Detention warrants were issued for 24 people who are alleged to have ties with Antalya-based business associations that had been earlier closed under post-coup emergency rule. Police carried out operations Izmir, Istanbul, and several districts of Antalya, detaining 21 so far.
According to the daily, suspects are accused of donating money to the movement via SEGİAD, an Antalya-based business association.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies any involvement.