Arrest continues for all defendants in Thodex case


6 detained defendants, including Güven Özer and Serap Özer, were brought to the hearing before the 9th High Criminal Court of Anatolia. Lawyers for the parties also took part in the hearing, which was attended by the defendants who were not detained.


During the hearing, detained defendants Güven Özer, Serap Özer and Cem Uzunoğlu presented their defense. All three defendants have denied the charges against them. The fugitive defendant’s lawyer Faruk Fatih Özer wanted to ask the defendants questions. The presiding judge refused to take his statement, stating that Fatih Özer had not instructed his lawyer through a notary public. One of the defendant’s lawyers spoke up and asked the judge to refuse. The board denied the judge’s denial request, finding that the request was intended to prolong the case.


Detained accused Onur Can Gündüz said he worked as a customer representative and refused to accept the charge against him and said that Faruk Fatih Özer wanted to use his bank account. Expressing that he had given his bank account information and password to Özer, the presiding judge asked Gündüz: “Weren’t you aware of the money transfers over 75 million?” When asked the question as follows, the accused Gündüz said: “I did not know that he served a money laundering business. I knew that he and that money belonging to the system was used in my account. Since Özer’s bank accounts were restricted, he used our accounts. I don’t know why there was a restriction on his account. After Özer escaped abroad, I was thrown in prison. I don’t know why I was put in jail. I did not commit a crime. I learned in prison that using my bank accounts is a crime.


“I didn’t think we would do something like this from the inside”

Detained defendant Mesut Can Arbaz noted that he worked as a software developer in the company and said, “The owner of the company is responsible for the company. If there is money taken, this person is the trusted person. We had a duty not to be robbed by strangers, we thought about it. We wouldn’t have thought such a thing would be done from within,” he said. Stating that he chose to believe in Faruk Fatih Özer, Arbaz said, “Because he would have let knocking off the great people around him. “I didn’t think he would scam people and run away overseas, but then he announced he was going overseas,” he said Detained defendant Ergün Acar also denied the charges against him and said he was in prison for a crime he did not commit.



Defendant Zuhal Özer, who is not in custody, claims he appears to be working at Thodex in order to benefit from the insurance, and that he has never been abroad in his life. I have 2 children, I had trouble raising them. I don’t understand cryptography. I only had insurance in my business. I paid for general health insurance and for my pension. My brother-in-law only had such an advantage, but I don’t know if it can be called an advantage, but he said. When the presiding judge asked the defendant, “Why didn’t you work in your wife’s business?” the accused replied: “We were like brothers and sisters to Faruk Fatih Özer. It never occurred to me to work with my wife. My wife made no such offer, but my brother-in-law did. I want to do something like this for my nephews. I do not accept the charge against me. Other awaiting defendants also refused to accept the charge against them and asked to be acquitted.


The prosecutor demands that 2 other defendants be arrested

The prosecutor demanded that the detention of all detained defendants continue. The prosecutor demanded the arrest of these two defendants, saying that there were conclusions in the indictment that the accounts of the awaiting defendants Mehmet Çiçek and Recep Taş were used in large quantities to evacuate the business and money laundering.


Announcing its interim decision, the court counsel decided to await the arrest warrant for the fugitive accused Faruk Fatih Özer. The court, which decided to maintain the detention of the 6 defendants who were on trial, decided that Faruk Fatih Özer’s father, Zülküf Özer, should be brought by force to be heard as a witness. The delegation also rejected the prosecutor’s request to arrest Mehmet Çiçek and Recep Taş by majority vote. The hearing has been adjourned to be seen on July 1, 2022.

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