Turkey freezes assets of 770 people, including journalists and rights activists, over terrorism links


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Turkey has frozen the assets of 770 people, including some journalists in exile and an organization for terrorist financing, Turkish Minute reported, citing a decision bearing the signatures of Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati and Minister of the Interior Süleyman Soylu which was published in the Official Gazette on Friday.

The ruling affects 454 people – including journalists Adem Yavuz Arslan, Bülent KeneÅŸ, Cevheri Güven, Said Sefa, Sevgi AkarçeÅŸme, Sevinç Özarslan, Mehmet Efe Çaman and Tarık Toros – and the Chicago-based Niagara Foundation, suspected of funding Gülen . movement, inspired by the ideas and activism of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.

The Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP) government accuses the sectarian movement of organizing an attempted coup on July 15, 2016 and calls it a “terrorist organization”, although the movement firmly denies any involvement in the coup attempt or any terrorist activity.

Since the coup attempt, a total of 319,587 people have been detained and 99,962 arrested for alleged links to the movement as part of a massive purge launched under the pretext of a fight against the coup. State, while the government has also removed more than 130,000 civil servants from their jobs on alleged Gülen ties, according to the latest data from the Home Office.

“According to an arbitrary decision of the Turkish regime… the assets of 770 people in TR have been frozen. My name is also on the list. Turkey acts like the mafia. The only “crime” (!) I have committed is my critical voice and being a dissident, ”journalist Çaman tweeted in English.

Sharing two photos, one showing a court decision concerning her and the other showing the decision to freeze assets, Akarçeşme said: “[They gave] the same decisions in 2016 and 2021. [They’re like] thieves who forget what they stole and rob the same house again… The thing they know best… ”

Akarçeşme was referring to the bribery and corruption investigations from December 17 to 25 that rocked the country in 2013. The investigation involved, among others, the family members of four ministers as well as the children of the former Prime Minister and current President Recep. Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdoğan, who has been targeting supporters of the Gülen movement since the 2013 corruption investigations, called the inquiries a Gülenist coup and a plot against his government, detaining hundreds of police and members of the judiciary and arresting some of them. between them for alleged illegal activities. during corruption investigations.

The names of Adil Öksüz, one of the main suspects in the failed coup attempt in Turkey, and Nurettin DemirtaÅŸ, brother of jailed Kurdish leader Selahattin DemirtaÅŸ, former co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) , were also on the list. , according to local media.

The decision also listed the names of 108 people accused of links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its umbrella organization, the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), and 119 people accused of links with “terrorist organizations that abuse religion ”, including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The assets of 89 people accused of links to left-wing organizations, mainly the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party / Front (DHKP / C) and the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), were also frozen, according to the ruling.

The assets of 770 people and the Niagara Foundation are said to be frozen because they “engaged in acts referred to in Articles 3 and 4 of Law No. 6415, in accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 7 of the same law, “according to the ruling said, with reference to” providing or raising funds “for acts related to terrorism.

People whose assets are frozen are allowed to file a complaint with the Ankara High Criminal Court, the ruling also noted.

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