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Court issues stay of execution for BaE-kent University clinic closure.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A court has issued a stay of execution for a recent attempt by the yzmir Provincial Directorate of Health to shut down a BaE-kent University clinic based on a circular released by Turkey's Higher Education Board (YEuK).

YEuK ordered all private universities with hospitals in Turkey to close their supplementary outpatient polyclinics that are not being used for student training by Dec. 6.

Last week police raided the clinics of E[currency]ifa and BaE-kent universities in yzmir, which had failed to shut down by Dec. 6, and demanded they close their polyclinics within three days.

BaE-kent University's ZE-beyde Hanym Research and Application Center announced the court decision in a written statement on Thursday. "A stay of execution was ordered by the yzmir 6th Administrative Court on Dec. 16, 2015 after we filed a complaint demanding that a stay of execution be ordered for the decision [to shut down ZE-beyde Hanym Research and Application Center], which conflicts with principles of public order and availability of services. We will continue to serve according to the administrative court's decision. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have given us moral support," the statement read.

According to a Cihan news agency report on Thursday, E[currency]ifa University also filed a complaint with an administrative court, demanding a stay of execution be issued for the decision to close its supplementary outpatient polyclinics.

The operation on E[currency]ifa and BaE-kent university clinics comes less than a week before the second anniversary of the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption investigation that implicated President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an's inner circle and former key Justice and Development Party (AK Party) figures. It is seen as part of an ongoing, government-led witch hunt against business groups sympathetic to the GE-len movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, whose philosophy is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah GE-len.

Then-Prime Minister Erdoy-an accused the GE-len movement of plotting to overthrow his government. Erdoy-an has said he would carry out a "witch hunt" against anyone with links to the movement. He has also ordered officials in AK Party-run municipalities to seize land and buildings belonging to the GE-len movement by any means necessary. The movement strongly rejects the allegations brought against it.

[Cihan/Today's Zaman] CyHAN

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Date:Dec 17, 2015
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