Fatih Altınay, owner of now-closed Merzifon Ottoman Kitchen Restaurant and famed Topuz Kebab, has reportedly been kept in an Amasya prison for almost 10 months over his alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
According to several local media outlets based in Merzifon, Altınay was arrested in early August 2016 on charges of membership in a “terrorist organization.”
He is the patent owner of Topuz Kebab, a type of Turkish kebab, made of meat and cooked on a mace, a war tool used since ancient ages. The Topuz Kebab is said to have been invented by Ottoman Kitchen cooks inspired by medieval Turkish soldiers who pierced meat with their swords and grilled it over an open flame.
Altınay was also the owner of a five star restaurant in Merzifon.
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 AK Party government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on Turkey’s Gülen group.
The movement denies any involvement.
However, hundreds of people have been detained and later arrested on charges of membership in the group.