Former football player Uğur Boral was briefly detained over his alleged ties to the Gulen movement, according to Haberturk daily newspaper.
The 35-year-old former footballer who player for, among other clubs, Fenerbahce and Besiktas, was detained as part of an investigation into the movement a few days ago and released only after he tipped off on other followers of the group within the football industry, Haberturk said Tuesday.
Boral is accused of having attended religious gatherings organized by the movement and deposited money into Bank Asya in order to the help the movement-affiliated lender continue operating despite the government’s financial and political pressure after Dec 17-25, 2013.
The Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies any involvement. Bank Asya was eventually shut down by the government.
Nearly 150,000 have passed through police custody and 60,000 of them were remanded in prison over Gulen links since the summer of 2016. Transactions at Bank Asya are considered evidence for membership to the group.
The government earlier detained former footballers Ömer Çatkıç, Zafer Biryol, Bekir İrtegün, Ismail Demiriz and Uğur Tütüneker and issued arrest warrants for Arif Erdem and Hakan Sukur.