Turkey arrests 115 financial crime officials for investigating Erdoğan

Turkish authorities arrest 115 former financial crime officials for investigating President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's assets, Hürriyet newspaper said on Monday.

The ex-officials of the Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK), Turkey’s chief institution in charge of uncovering money-laundering, fraud and other financial misdemeanours, face charges of links to the Gülen movement, which Turkey accuses of masterminding a military coup attempt in 2016, and were remanded in custody pending trial, Hürriyet said.

The Turkish authorities found out that some of the suspects used an encrypted messaging app known as Bylock, which is believed was used almost exclusively by the members of the Gülen movement.

Following the failed coup, Turkey confiscated assets worth over 10 billion euros allegedly belonging to the Gülen movement through various MASAK probes.


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