19 detained at petrochemicals giant in failed coup attempt probe
DHA photoTurkish police units have detained 19 employees, including three foreigners, at Turkey’s biggest petrochemicals company Petkim in the Aegean province of İzmir on Aug. 2, as part of the probe into the July 15 failed coup attempt. The police told Doğan News Agency that the total number of warrants issued was 31.
The company then said media reports about police operations launched at its main facility in the Aliağa district of İzmir have not affected operations, in a written statement to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP).
Petkim, owned by Azerbaijan’s Socar, did not however confirm the reports that counter-terrorism police raided the Aliağa complex as part of the investigation into the July 15 attempted coup.
The company confirmed last week it had appointed a new CEO after state media said its chief executive, Sadettin Korkut, was detained in connection with the probe.
Korkut was detained and 200 employees in the company were suspended last week due to alleged links to U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the state-run Anadolu Agency had reported.
Anar Mammadov, who is also the head of Socar Greece (Socar’s Greek subsidiary), replaced Korkut.