Turkish pop singer Mabel Matiz is being investigated over alleged ties to the terrorist organisation accused of organising the 2016 failed coup, after he used US one-dollar bills in a music video clip, Hurriyet Daily News reported on 11 September 2018.
US one-dollar bills are reportedly used as a code among members of the Gulen movement, which has been classified as a terrorist organisation by the Turkish government. The US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is the alleged mastermind behind the coup attempt though he has denied any involvement.
An investigation into Mabel Matiz was launched by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office after a complaint was made against the singer, who is seen dancing in a jacket stuffed with $1 bills in the video for his 2017 hit song Ya Bu Işler Ne.
Matiz told prosecutors he did not intend to support the group, and it was his producer who made the clip.
According to Turkey Purge, at least 445,000 people have been investigated over links to the Gulen movement since the failed coup. “Law enforcement used 1-dollar bills to jail many people including columnist and Professor Mehmet Altan. The American journalist Lindsey Snell said in August, 2016 that her husband was also detained for possessing $1 bills at their apartment in Istanbul,” reported Turkey Purge.