Custom officers in Turkey’s Kocaeli has intercepted a container carrying personal belongings of the exiled businessman, Ahmet Nurettin Uğur, media reported Feb 20.
The container, shipped from Kocaeli’s Derince port to the US, was carrying, among others, several ATM cards by the now-defunct Bank Asya, laptops, CDs and DVDs, passports, national IDs, wallets, checkbooks, several notebooks and a $dollar bill.
The public prosecutor’s office in Kocaeli’s Korfez district said they seized 62 items as criminal evidence.
Uğur was one of the owners of the Istanbul-based Kaynak Holding until the conglomerate was confiscated by the Turkish government over its links to the Gulen movement in late 2016.
While several executives of the holding were earlier jailed, many others like Uğur reportedly managed to escape Turkey in bid to avoid further government persecution.
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 government blames the Gulen movement for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the group denies role.