Prominent businessman arrested over links to coup group

Head of Kucukbay Group among those arrested in Izmir, source says

Prominent businessman arrested over links to coup group

World Bulletin / News Desk

A senior Turkish businessman was among those arrested Monday over alleged links to the group said to be behind the July 15 attempted coup, a police source said.

Ahmet Kucukbay, CEO of the Kucukbay Group, was among more than six suspects rounded up in Izmir. He is accused of financing the Fetullah Terror Organization (FETO), the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The Kucukbay Group produces the Orkide brand of cooking oil, which is exported to more than 100 countries. It also owns companies involved in real estate, plastics and publishing.

Raids and searches on the suspects’ homes were carried out by the Organized Crimes Control Bureau, the source said.

A wave of detentions following the coup attempt has seen around 26,000 people arrested across Turkey. Senior business figures as well as military, police, judges, prosecutors and teachers have been among those targeted.

At least 240 people were killed in the coup attempt, which the government has said was organized by the followers of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ağustos 2016, 11:29