Turkey’s highest court has ruled that the rights of a person imprisoned for having bank accounts at now-defunct Bank Asya, were violated, Sözcü newspaper said on Thursday.
The Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that the imprisonment of İhsan Yalçın for alleged links to the Gülen movement – which the Turkish government blames for masterminding the 2016 coup attempt – based on his Bank Asya account was unlawful, Sözcü said.
Bank Asya is considered by Turkish authorities to have been founded and operated by Gülen members. Following the 2016 coup attempt, the Turkish Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) shut down the bank.
Besides being evidence of membership of the Gülen movement, the Turkish authorities also considers deposits made to the bank as evidence of “aiding and abetting a terrorist organisation.”