Medical Center Belonging to Armenian Closed in Istanbul over Alleged Ties to Gulen


10618_istanbul_tup_bebek_ve_kadin_sagligi_merkezi_2_2ISTANBUL (Agos) — A decree having force of law was passed as part of state of emergency and 3 universities and 140 schools, 150 associations, 15 foundations and 4 medical centers have been closed down on the ground that they “belong to, are connected or in communication with” Fethullah Gülen’s organization.

On July 25, Istanbul Fertility Center, which was founded and directed by surgeon Aret Kamar, was seized and closed down after the inspection carried out by officials from ministry of health, district governor’s office and treasury. The reason was center’s alleged support to so-called “parallel structure” of Gulenists.

Stating that he is Armenian and Christian and has nothing to do with Fethullah Gülen, Aret Kamar said: “We have absolutely no connection with that organization. However, since our center is closed down by the decision of cabinet, we cannot take any legal action.”

Aret Kamer founded this fertility center 11 years ago. He stated: “They closed down the company. They need evidence for the alleged support in order to close down the company. I have been auditing and our financial consultant has been checking. This company hasn’t sent money to any association or foundation.”

“Our center has been very busy and we have no time to engage in such activities. It is obvious that I am not a member of such an organization and I don’t about my partners’ relations. How can I know what they are doing in their private life? I am the founder and the senior partner of this company. It is unacceptable to close down the whole center because of the activities of an individual. Besides, there is no evidence of such an activity.”