Turkish dailies cover police raid on Koza Ipek Holding, suspected of providing financial support to 'Gulenist Terror Organization'


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Wednesday covered the probe launched Tuesday into Koza Ipek Holding, a Turkish conglomerate which is suspected of having provided financial support to a "terror organization".

"Silk route to Pennsylvania," was AKSAM's headline, which said Koza Ipek (Ipek means silk) was supplying financial help to what government officials call the "Gulenist Terror Organization". The movement is allegedly led by U.S.-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is living in Pennsylvania, and accused of plotting to overthrow the Turkish government.

The conglomerate is suspected of having transferred over $7 billion to the group via international bank accounts, the paper wrote. 

HABER TURK said the organized crime branch of the Ankara police department carried out raids at the conglomerate's offices across the capital. Koza Ipek Holding has interests in the media, energy, construction and mining. 

Seven managers have been taken into custody, the paper wrote, saying Akin Ipek, the group's chairman, was reported to have gone abroad.

Newspapers Bugun and Millet, as well as TV channels Kanalturk and Bugun TV are owned by the Holding, HURRIYET published, saying the raids did not target any of Koza Ipek’s media groups. 

A group of workers of the Koza Ipek group protested the raids in front the Koza Ipek Holding building, the paper also reported. 

STAR claimed that Ipek, the group's chairman, left Turkey on Aug. 30, and that his jet landed in the U.K. 

YENI SAFAK wrote that Ipek was the greatest financial provider of the Gulenist Terror Organization and that he was found out to have transferred an unaccredited amount of money to sources abroad. 

Ipek, however, speaking on Kanalturk TV channel that he owns, denied all the charges, VATAN reported, and said: "I do not have dirty money. If they could find any, I will give them all."

CUMHURIYET published reactions to the raid from Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli.

Kilicdaroglu demands that the government not "bring shame" with such raids, the paper wrote, while Bahceli said: "I don't foresee anything good coming out of this."

Wednesday's dailies also covered the death of a Turkish soldier in a clash in the southern province of Kilis Tuesday. 

A 21-year-old soldier, Yusuf Beylem, died when suspected ISIL militants fired at the soldiers at the Sehit Mehmet border post, VATAN reported. 

Another soldier went missing following the clash, the paper wrote. HURRIYET said the missing soldier may have been abducted. 

The attack at the Turkish border came following Turkish jets' air campaign against ISIL forces, HABER TURK said. 

The Turkish Air Force launched attacks last week on ISIL positions considered a threat to Turkey -- the first such airstrikes as part of the U.S.-- led anti-ISIL coalition.

In another attack in southeastern Igdir provinces, a police officer, Olgun Kurbanoglu, was gunned down after he went to investigate a report claiming there were two suspicious individuals at a cafe in Igdir, YENI SAFAK wrote.

The officer was killed by Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, members, the paper claimed. 

Turkish security officials have recently been the targets of such attacks, resulting in the deaths of at least 68 members of security forces, in the southeastern part of the country.

The government has blamed the PKK -- listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the EU and U.S -- for the attacks. The Turkish army has claimed to have killed over 900 PKK members in operations against the group in a little over a month.

"We want armed members to stop violence and leave the country as soon as possible to ensure peace in the country again," YENI SAFAK quoted Alihan Babat, spokesman of a group of 120 influential leaders from eastern and southeastern Turkey, which came together to urge the PKK to leave the country.

The leaders from Diyarbakir, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Sirnak and Mus provinces stressed that weapons were not a way of solving problems, the paper reported. 

"Our region needs peace, tranquility and common sense, not weapons,” STAR quoted another leader, Mehmet Sirin Akca, who the paper said has lost four of his brothers in "PKK terror". 

Financial paper DUNYA reported that Total, a French oil-and-gas giant, announced Tuesday that the company had agreed to sell its filling station network to the Turkish Demiroren Group for $366 million.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Eylül 2015, 14:59