A local court indicted several suspects yesterday for using students' bank accounts to transfer money to high-ranking members of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which orchestrated last year's failed coup attempt in July.
The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office had filed an indictment against 68 suspects with the court in Turkey's southeastern Batman province, which included a statement from one university student who was "in charge of the district students" living in FETÖ-run houses.
According to a statement given by the student, who was not named for security reasons, he asked students who were living in the FETÖ houses to open bank accounts in their names.
The bank cards for those accounts were later used by FETO members to get their salaries from the organization, he said.
In his statement, the student also spoke about another member of the terror group who goes by the code name "Burak," saying that Burak took students to the bank and collected their bank cards.
Two others with the code names "Muhammed" and "Ömer" also brought students to the bank, he said.
The balance in these accounts never exceeded TL 3,000-4,000 ($850 - $1,134) per month, to prevent attracting unnecessary attention.
The accounts were opened with Bank Asya - a lender affiliated with U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, who leads FETÖ in self-imposed exile in the U.S.
Bank Asya's banking license was cancelled on July 22, 2016 - seven days after the failed coup bid - by Turkey's Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK).
FETÖ orchestrated the defeated coup of July 2016, which left 249 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara has also said FETÖ is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the Turkish state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.
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