M.A.B., the owner of a giant grocery store chain in the capital province of Ankara is among the businessmen police detained over their alleged links to the Gülen movement on Wednesday.
The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt despite the latter’s denying any involvement.
M.A.B. reportedly owns a popular chair with store in Ankara, Zonguldak and Bolu provinces.
M.A.B. previously had his assets seized by an Ankara court over the same charges.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has already been appointing trustees to private companies as part of its battle against the Gülen movement since a corruption scandal led to the resignation of four Cabinet members in December 2013. A total of 2,000 trustees have been appointed to hundreds of private enterprises in Turkey from the beginning of 2016.
Thanks to decrees issued as part of the state of emergency declared on July 20 following a failed coup on July 15, Turkey’s government is now seizing all the Turkish companies and properties owned by businessmen allegedly linked to Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.
The total turnover of companies seized by the government has been estimated at over $50 billion, the Cumhuriyet daily reported on Oct. 15.