Izmir-based Recep Can Kuruyemiş, a well-established local chain of dried nuts and fruits, has been seized in the government’s crackdown against the Gulen movement which is accused of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup.
Trustees were appointed to Recep Can Kuruyemiş and a sister company that produces herbal cosmetics, Hurriyet reported on Sept 1.
Established in 1975, the local chain has several stores in the western province of Izmir and a packing plant in the city’s Torbali district. The founder of the company is reported to “have likely fled” to Greece in the face of the government persecution against Gulen followers.
Meanwhile, nearly 1,000 companies with a total value of $12 billion in assets have been seized and then transferred to the state-run Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) since the coup attempt. The companies in question were mostly targeted over Gulen links.