A private dormitory in İstanbul’s Bahçelievler district that belonged to the Gülen movement until seized by the government has been transferred to the pro-government Ensar Foundation, which came to public attention earlier this year due to child abuse allegations, according to Turkish media.
Safiye Sultan Womens’ Dormitory has been reserved for the use of Ensar for the next 25 years by the Bahçelievler municipality, of which the mayor was elected on the ruling AK Party tickets.
The government handed over two other Gülen dormitories in İstanbul’s Beylikdüzü to Ensar in Nov. 2016.
In March, Turkey was shaken by news of a child abuse scandal in the central province of Karaman. As many as 45 boys were allegedly abused by a male teacher in houses operated by the pro-government Ensar Foundation in the province.
Following the eruption of the scandal, many government officials made statements in defense of the Ensar Foundation, describing the incident as an “isolated one.” None of them called on the Ensar Foundation to give an accounting of the incident.
Hundreds of schools, dormitories and foundations linked to the Gülen movement were closed down by the government in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15 as the government accuses the movement of masterminding the failed coup. The movement strongly denies any involvement.