Turkey froze the assets Friday of over 770 individuals and organizations on the grounds that they were providing terrorist financing, according to a ruling published in its official gazette.
Among the individuals sanctioned were 454 members of what the Turkish government calls FETO, the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation or the Gulen Movement, which was behind the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. Also having their assets frozen are 108 members of the PKK or Kurdistan Workers’ Party, 119 people accused of being part of terrorist organizations that exploit religion, and 89 people accused of being part of left-wing terrorist organizations. The list also included a U.S.-based organization, the Niagara Foundation, a non-profit organization whose honorary president is Fethullah Gulen.
The decision was made under the authority of law 6415 for the prevention of financing terrorism. The individuals and organizations are accused on the existence of reasonable grounds that they have committed the offense of collecting or providing funds to finance terrorism. However, those whose assets have been frozen can appeal the decision to the Ankara Heavy Penal Court. The decision was executed by Dr. Nureddin Nebati, minister of treasury and finance, and also signed by Suleyman Soylu, the interior minister.