At least seven executives of an Istanbul-based exporters’ union including its president was detained as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement.
Hurriyet reported Wednesday that police detained seven executives of the Istanbul Cereals Pulses Oil Seeds and Products Exporters’ Association, a subsidiary of the larger Istanbul Exporters’ Asssociation (IIB).
The suspects include the pulse exporters’ association’s head Zekeriya Mete as well as vice presidents Sübet Çiçek and Kazım Taycı. The remaining detainees were identified as İ.S.Ş, A.A, Y.D and M.M.A.
An Istanbul prosecutor accuses the suspects of depositing money into Bank Asya, the Islamic lender founded by Gulen supporters in 1996, confiscated by the government in May 2016, and completely closed on July 22, 2016.
Turkish government blames the movement for the July 15, 2016 failed takeover attempt while the latter denies involvement.
Before the confiscation, Bank Asya was put under political and economic pressure by the government asking its loyals to withdraw their funds from the “traitor’s bank.”
Gulen supporters, back then, campaigned to deposit more money to resist the pressure, to no avail.