Gendarmerie forces have searched the house of former Turkish international footballer and former MP Hakan Şükür in the Kandıra district of the northwestern province of Kocaeli, as a part of investigations into the failed July 15 coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). A detention warrant has been issued for Şükür, who is accused of being a member of the organization of the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.
The search was carried out as a part of the probe launched by the Sakarya Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office over the failed takeover bid, Doğan News Agency reported on Aug. 16.
Şükür played for Istanbul side Galatasaray and was capped 112 times for the Turkish national team. He also had stints abroad for Inter Milan, Parma and Blackburn Rovers.
After football, Şükür went into politics and was elected as an MP with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2011. He resigned in December 2013, siding with the Gülen movement just before the huge corruption investigation that embroiled senior government figures.
Meanwhile, newspapers, CDs, books, exam papers and several other documents, which had been burned, were found by residents of Kandıra and notified the gendarmerie. The gendarmerie have gathered the burned materials and took a record of them.