State agency criticized for speculative Bank Asya report

The state-run Anadolu Agency cited last week an official from the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) as saying the Islamic lender Bank Asya had been put under the scope of Article 70 of Turkey's Banking Law, a move that gives the BDDK the power to restrict or temporarily halt the bank's operations, as well as to merge it with another bank. Bank Asya reacted strongly to the report, saying the bank will file lawsuits against the BDDK and media outlets that spread the speculative news report. Market observers criticized the Anadolu Agency for sharing exclusive details - the authenticity of which cannot be verified - regarding a privately run financial institution, suggesting that such reports are in violation of laws regulating and protecting banks in Turkey.