Muhammed Koşar, a disabled public servant, has been given 25 months in prison for depositing money in the now-closed Islamic lender Bank Asya.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu tweeted that Koşar was dismissed from his job after a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 over his alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group.
In the aftermath of the coup attempt, the Turkish government closed down Bank Asya on the grounds that it was linked to the Gülen group, which denies any involvement in the failed coup.
An indictment, drafted by the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, seeks a jail sentence of between 15 and 22.5 years for Abdullah Çelik, who served as the bank’s general manager between 2011-2013, and former deputy general manager Hakan Fatih Büyükadalı on charges of “being a leader of a terrorist organization,” while 31 others who worked as managers in different departments of the bank face jail sentences of between 7.5 and 15 years on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization.”
Before the government seizure Bank Asya was one of three banks with the highest liquidity in Turkey. The government took over the bank on Feb. 4, 2015, contrary to strict statutory banking regulations against such a drastic move.
Bank Asya’s banking license was cancelled on July 22, 2016 — seven days after the coup attempt — by Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK). The banking watchdog had ruled for a complete takeover of all shares of the Islamic lender by the TMSF in May 2015.
The bank, which had 210 branches, 5,000 employees and around 1.5 million clients, was founded on Oct. 24, 1996 upon formal approval from regulators. It operated under the supervision of independent regulatory bodies in Turkey that were responsible for overseeing the banking sector. It was a popular bank.
In the wake of the coup attempt in July 2016 having an account at Bank Asya was presented by prosecutors as evidence of membership in a so-called “terrorist organization.”
Zalim ve gaddarsınız..!
Muhammed Koşar, engelli, KHK lı yetmemiş bir de Bank Asya'daki hesabindan dolayı 25 ay hapis cezası, istinaf onadı..!
'Sayın vekilim. Ben ne yapacağımı da bilemiyorum 3 çocuğum var, okula gidiyorlar perişan olacaklar' pic.twitter.com/sqt5mKISN8
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) May 18, 2019