Turkish prosecutors order arrest of 417 people for financial crimes

Turkish prosecutors in Istanbul have ordered the arrests of 417 people accused of attacking the country’s economic and financial security, Hürriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

So far the Turkish police have detained 216 people in 40 different cities.

The prosecutor’s office said the suspects violated Turkish laws related to the finance of terrorism and money laundering.

The investigation covers more than 28,000 bank transfers made from Turkey to abroad since January 2017, which amount to almost 2.5 billion lira ($415 million), calculated according to exchange rates at the date of transactions. 

“It is found out that people who made those transactions raised income by collecting commissions and most of the people who received the transferred amounts were Iranian origins living in the United States,” the prosecutor’s office said.