FRANKFURT Nov 29 German project-management firm
ECE has given up running an Istanbul shopping centre after the
Turkish government seized the mall from its owner, whom it
suspected of links to sympathisers of Fethullah Gulen, it said
Turkey has taken control of a bank, several media firms and
other enterprises as part of a crackdown on companies it accuses
of sympathising with Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric the government
blamed for July 15's failed coup.
Hamburg-based ECE, Europe's largest operator of inner-city
shopping centres, said it had had no option but to give up the
contract to manage the Modern East mall after it was taken over
by an administrator to be put up for sale.
"It simply made no sense for us to continue to operate the
mall," the head of ECE's Turkish operations, Andreas Hohlmann,
was quoted as saying by German trade magazine TextilWirtschaft,
which first reported the development.
Gulen, whom Turkey wants extradited from the United States,
has denied involvement in the coup attempt.
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan. Editing by Jane Merriman)