An Adana court on Monday appointed trustees to 54 companies, among them textile retailer Süvari, over their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

Trustees were appointed to the 54 companies, some of whose owners are currently under arrest, as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement on the grounds that they provide financial support to the movement.

The investigation is being carried out by the Adana Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Among the 54 companies are famous firms such as Süvari Menswear and Yağmur Furniture. Operating at 150 branches in 8 countries, Suvari creates an employment for 1,040 per year on average.

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) 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, Turkey’s government is now seizing all the Turkish companies and properties owned by businessmen allegedly linked to Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement although the movement denies any involvement.

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on October 17.

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