A major shareholder in the Islamic lender Bank Asya and Koza İnşaat, the two companies recently recently seized by the government, Mustafa Aydın Koyuncu was arrested over his alleged ties to the July 15 failed coup attempt.
Police raided a farm house in Kırklareli’s Koyuncu village and arrested Koyuncu, on Thursday.
Police reportedly found a one-dollar bill on the pocket of Koyuncu.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded a thousand others, on July 15. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement without credible evidence.
Among the evidence that the Turkish government has presented while accusing the movement are one-dollar notes allegedly found on the coup suspects.
The coup accusation came as the latest of the government’s ever-increasing crackdown on the movement. Prior to the putsch attempt, police seized Bank Asya and Koza İpek Holding –the parent company of Koza İnşaat– for lack of transparent in the management structure and financing terrorism, respectively.
Despite lack of any court decision, the government labels the movement as terrorist organization.