Turkish gov't denies reports of plan to seize Gulen's properties

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc denied reports that government is planning to seize student accomodations run by Gulen movement.

Turkish gov't denies reports of plan to seize Gulen's properties

World Bulletin / News Desk

Deputy Prime Minister, Bulent Arinc, Thursday denied media reports that the government will take back buildings currently used as student dormitories run by the Gulen movement.

A draft bill about the ownership and use of properties built by charities is going to be debated in the Turkish parliament.

Arinc denied it has anything to do with Gulen movement's charity operations regarding student accomodations. Arinc said to AA reporter "The allegations in some Turkish dailies do not reflect the truth".

Deputy prime minister said the law draft was aimed to ease the regulations for some charities which are supported by government (SYDV) to build and operate the student dormitories without bureaucratic obstacles and extra costs.

Gulen movement was founded by Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen who lives in the US and blamed by the government for plotting the AK Party by using "groundless" corruption charges.

A newspaper yesterday claimed the draft bill was part of government's anti-Gulen agenda and aimed to seize properties run by the movement. Gulen movement has many properties around Turkey to accomodate students who are away from their homes.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ocak 2014, 15:09