Deputy PM says 966 companies, 4,888 assets seized from Gülen affiliated people

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said on Monday that the government has seized 966 companies from people allegedly linked to the Gülen movement as part of a witch-hunt launched following a controversial coup attempt in July of last year, DHA reported.

“In addition, 4,888 assets of those 966 companies were also seized and transferred to the Finance Ministry,” said Kurtulmuş, speaking to reporters following a Cabinet meeting in Ankara.

Kurtulmuş also said 111,240 people have been dismissed from state jobs and 32,180 have been suspended in the same period.

A total of 7,348 people, including 302 academics, were dismissed from state institutions by a new government decree, known as a KHK, that went into effect on Friday.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ announced on July 7, 2017 that at least 50,504 people have been arrested and 168,801 are the subject of legal proceedings since July 15, 2016.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody. ( July 17, 2017

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