Turkey nabs 68 suspects in cryptocurrency probe

Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office issues warrant for 80 suspects for alleged aggravated fraud

Halil Demir   | 25.04.2021
Turkey nabs 68 suspects in cryptocurrency probe


Sixty-eight suspects were arrested in Turkey as part of an investigation into cryptocurrency exchange platform, Thodex, a security source said on Sunday.

The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Istanbul issued arrest warrants for 80 suspects for alleged links to the website that is currently inaccessible, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Police carried out simultaneous raids in eight provinces and the arrests were made. Efforts are underway to arrest the remaining suspects, it added.

Also, a large number of digital material and documents were seized during operations.

The Justice Ministry separately initiated legal action against Fatih Faruk Ozer for the search with a red notice and for his repatriation from Albania.

Turkey's Interior Ministry confirmed Wednesday that Ozer left the country for Albania.

Earlier, the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Istanbul appealed to Thodex staff for testimonies about the platform, which has allegedly upset hundreds of thousands of members.

Lawyer Abdullah Usame Ceran filed a criminal complaint against Ozer, the founder and CEO of the platform, alleging "aggravated fraud."

After transaction issues, the platform shared releases on Monday and Tuesday, announcing a six-hour maintenance period.

On Wednesday, it made another announcement that it would enter a partnership and that members would be able to make transactions after a five-day maintenance period.

Meanwhile, Turkey's financial crimes watchdog announced it blocked all of the platform's bank accounts in the country as of Wednesday.

Turkey's Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK) initiated an investigation into the person in charge and the company.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

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