The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has rejected an appeal by Ankara concerning the extradition of Akın İpek, a Turkish businessman who is accused by the Erdogan regime of having links to the Gulen movement.
According to the Hurriyet daily news, the Turkish Foreign Ministry was “dissapointed” by the court ruling. “We will continue our efforts to retrieve FETÖ members that killed 251 citizens and left thousands wounded in the [July 2016] coup attempt,” Hami Aksoy, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement. “This terrorist organization is not only a threat to Turkey but also to other countries, which is why international cooperation in combating terrorism holds great importance,”
The Gülen movement is accused by the Turkish authorities of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The movement denies any involvement.
The İpek family has been under immense pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government due to alleged links to the Gülen movement following corruption operations that were conducted on Dec. 17 and 25, 2013.
On Oct. 24, 2015, the government appointed trustees to take over the management of dozens of companies belonging to the İpek family in addition to several media outlets operating under the İpek Media Group, due to their critical stance against the government.
Turkey has already confiscated some TL 12 billion (about $4 billion) in property that belonged to the İpek family as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, according to a statement by Minister for Environment and Urbanization Mehmet Özhaseki on Sept. 1, 2016.