In a deeply unsettling development in Istanbul, the Anadolu Republic Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation into Engin and Dilan Polat on allegations of 'Prevention of Money Laundering, Tax Procedure Law, and violations of the Law on Betting and Chance Games in Football and Other Sports Competitions.' The operation led by the Financial Crimes Branch Directorate saw the apprehension of 24 suspects, with 18 being sent to the Anadolu Courthouse after police station formalities.
The Fallout of the Investigation
After a strenuous 19-hour processing period, 12 suspects, including Engin Polat, Dilan Polat, Sıla Doğu, Sezgin Polat, Ahmet Gün, Can Doğu, and Can Polat, were arrested, while 6 were released under judicial control. In a later development, two additional suspects were detained, raising the count of those arrested to 16, with 10 released under judicial control.
Unraveling the Web
Interestingly, a 2019 photo shared by Dilan Polat, cryptically referred to as the 'Champions League,' emerged as a significant lead, exposing the identities of several social media influencers. The authorities swiftly reacted, requesting travel bans for these individuals as part of the ongoing investigation.
In a twist to the tale, the fugitive financial advisor Zümrüt Yerebakan turned himself in and cooperated with the authorities under the effective remorse law. He provided a wealth of information about the money laundering network and the operations within Engin Polat's company. Following his statement, Yerebakan was released with a travel ban.
Impact on the Beauty Center Industry
The arrest of the Polat couple has had far-reaching effects, particularly on the beauty center industry. The Denizli Chamber of Barbers and Beauty Salon Operators reported a staggering 80 percent decrease in business. The president of the chamber made a call to combat economic difficulties and negative perceptions. It is clear that the ripple effects of this investigation are wider than anticipated, impacting not just those directly involved, but also those in the periphery of the scandal.