March 4, 2016

Detained businessmen known for integrity, benevolence, former president says

Former President Abdullah Gül praised prominent businessmen detained this morning in what appears to be a politically motivated probe, saying that he hoped they will not be put through further ordeal.

Memduh Boydak, chief executive of conglomerate Boydak Holding, as well as the group's chairman Hacı Boydak and two board members were detained in police raids early on Friday on charges of supporting the so-called “parallel state.”

Gül, who is from the central Anatolian province of Kayseri where the Boydak Holding is based, told reporters that the Boydak family is among the leading industrialists of Turkey.

"The Boydak family is known for their hard work, integrity and benevolence," he told reporters in İstanbul. "I hope they will not be aggrieved any further."

The "parallel state" is a term invented by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to refer to alleged sympathizers of Gülen movement within the state bureaucracy after a corruption investigation that erupted in December 2013. The probe implicated people in the inner circle of Erdoğan but the charges were dropped after new prosecutors were assigned to the case.

Published on Today's Zaman, 4 March 2016, Friday