As part of the investigation into the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) with respect to the Gülenist Terrorist Group's (FETÖ) economic structuring, the interrogation of 65 suspects have been completed, with 28 businessmen affiliated with the confederation being arrested yesterday, including the owner of the Güllüoğlu Baklava chain Faruk Güllü and Aydınlı Group Chairman Ömer Faruk Kavurmacı. Süleyman Taşbaş, a lawyer for Bank Asya, was also arrested.
Istanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor İsmail Uçar had ordered the arrest of 65 businessmen on charges of being a FETÖ member and providing financial aid to the group. The interrogations were ruled by three different courts.
The July 15 coup attempt aiming to topple the government in Turkey was organized by FETÖ, and left 240 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.
U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the state of Pennsylvania since 1997, is also accused of running a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.