Ankara police raid Gülenist business confederation TUSKON over links with FETÖ terror organization
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULNov 06, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Nov 06, 2015 12:00 am
Ankara police raided Gülen Movement-linked Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) buildings with a search warrant issued by Ankara Public Prosecutor on Friday.
The raid on the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) was conducted on orders of the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office investigating crimes against constitutional order, according to initial media reports. Crimes constitute terror charges the Gülen Movement and its U.S.-based leader Fethullah Gülen are already implicated of.
TUSKON, founded in 2005, has 55,000 members and some 211 local associations, according to its website. It is closely associated with the movement and has been accused of funding the movement through its member companies.
Meanwhile, at the request of the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office, the Ankara 5th Criminal Court of Peace decided on October 26 to assign trustees to administer the Koza İpek Holding, which is alleged to have links with the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ), and has been found to have a seemingly legal structure that launders money through an international method known as "Smurfs."
In the investigation, the teams from the MASAK have reportedly found that the origin of some of the money transferred to the holding's bank accounts could not be determined. It was alleged that the non-documented balance is the money compiled for the Gülen Terror Organization. Many such transaction of this sort on behalf of the holding violated the EFT regulations of the Central Bank, the prosecutors said.
The Koza İpek Group has been found to inflate its production and efficiency, particularly in gold mining. The conglomerate then moves this illicit money into a system under the guise of donations and charities through foundations established by the same partners.
The Gülen Movement is accused of infiltrating top state institutions, including the police and judiciary, and wiretapping thousands of people including senior officials, journalists, actors, NGOs and others.
Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, is accused of leading a criminal organization and officials have reported that sufficient solid evidence has been discovered proving his crimes. The movement has been under scrutiny in numerous countries including Russia, United States, Canada, Azerbaijan, Germany and more.