A luxury mansion with a view of Bursa’s Uludag was seized from a businessman, identified as S.Ş., upon a complaint that it was constructed for the use of Fethullah Gulen.
State-run Anadolu news agency reported that Bursa’s Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation upon a 2016 news article which claimed that the mansion was built for Gulen’s own use.
The prosecutor’s office expanded the investigation to consult an anonymous witness with alleged knowledge on the issue.
“Rumors have it that Fethullah Gulen will be staying here when he returns to Turkey,” the witness said leading the prosecutor to demand a seizure order from a related court. The Bursa’s 3rd Penal Court of Peace subsequently seized the mansion, Anadolu said Feb 13.
The scenic residence’s owner S.S. has been standing trial without arrest.
More than 1,000 companies with a total value of $12 billion in assets have been seized and then transferred to Turkey’s Saving and Deposit Fund (TMSF) since the coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The companies in question were mostly targeted as part of the government crackdown against the Gulen movement.
The government blames the Gulen movement for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the group denies role.