CHP: Anti-Hizmet ops were part of agreement between Erdoğan, military

CHP İstanbul deputy Barış Yarkadaş. (Photo: Cihan)
CHP İstanbul deputy Barış Yarkadaş. (Photo: Cihan)


Date posted: December 30, 2015

Main opposition Republican People’s Democratic Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Barış Yarkadaş has said the release of suspects in the historic Ergenekon trial and the government-initiated operations against the Hizmet movement were part of an agreement between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish military.

In March of last year, almost all of the suspects in the trial of the Ergenekon gang were released due to a newly passed law that abolished specially authorized courts (ÖYM), where the suspects were tried, and reduced the maximum period of detention before a final verdict on an appeal to five years.

The trial of Ergenekon, a clandestine and terrorist group convicted of attempting to overthrow the government, took a new course on Dec. 6, 2010, when nine sacks of documents were found hidden under floor tiles at the Gölcük Naval Base, detailing an alleged plot to overthrow the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

Speaking to Halk TV on Monday, Yarkadaş also referred to a corruption operation that was planned to take place on Dec. 25, 2013, and implicated the AK Party government and inner circle of President Erdoğan, saying: “The police force did not send units to conduct the operation on Dec. 25. As you know, when the police do not execute an operation, the prosecutor can ask for help from the military. The military made an agreement with Erdoğan by not sending units to perform the operation. Erdoğan decided to change his Kurdish policies in return for support from the military and the closure of the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 corruption investigations. Their relations start from this point.”

Various figures close to the AK Party were detained during a corruption investigation on Dec. 17, 2013. Muammer Akkaş, a former public prosecutor, was conducting another corruption investigation. The prosecutor ordered the detention of more AK Party officials or members on Dec. 25, 2013, but the police refused to act on the orders of Akkaş.

Since those corruption operations, the AK Party government has launched a smear campaign against the Hizmet movement, inspired by the teachings of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. Dozens of government-initiated operations have been conducted to intimidate the followers of the movement since early 2014.

The government and Erdoğan accuse the movement of being behind the corruption operations without showing any concrete evidence for their accusations. The movement strictly denies the allegations.

On March 11, 2014, the İstanbul 21st High Criminal Court ruled for the release of Ergenekon suspects retired Gen. Hurşit Tolon, former Deputy Chairman of the Kuvayi Milliye (National Forces) Association Durmuş Ali Özoğlu and Boğaç Kaan Murathan. This was followed by the release of Lt. Col. Mustafa Dönmez, retired Lt. Gen. Mehmet Eröz, retired Gen. Tuncer Kılıç, retired Gen. Nusret Taşdeler, and the former editor-in-chief of the ultranationalist Aydınlık weekly, Deniz Yıldırım — all Ergenekon suspects. In June of last year, the court ruled to release the prime suspect, retired Brig. Gen. Veli Küçük. Along with Küçük, suspects Levent Ersöz, Serdar Öztürk and Fuat Selvi were also released.

Source: Today's Zaman , December 28, 2015


Related News

The impact of corruption on elections

Yet, looking at the data in several recent surveys, including the AKP’s internal polling, the public does not seem to be buying the conspiracy theories any more, against the background of overwhelming evidence indicating massive wrongdoing in the government. The rushed decision by Erdoğan to reassign thousands of police officers and hundreds of prosecutors and judges as well as introducing controversial bills to reign in the judiciary have all reinforced the perception that Erdoğan and his people are deeply involved in corruption.

Hate discourse directed against Hizmet movement

It is impossible not to see the polarization among the people over the upcoming presidential elections; this polarization raises serious concerns. It is also possible to consider the verbal attacks and violence against the Hizmet movement in the context of the literature on politicide and genocide. However, not only the Hizmet movement will suffer from repressive-hegemonic politicide. The entire country of Turkey will be hurt by this.

Gülen urges Hizmet members to defend prep schools in civilized way

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has urged followers of the Hizmet movement to insist on the “right and logical” and defend prep schools, which the Turkish government has said it will shut down despite tremendous public outrage. In a speech broadcast by herkul.org, a website that usually publishes his speeches, Gülen said not insisting on […]

Texans experience Turkish culture by volunteering

After helping to distribute charity Kimse Yok Mu’s (Is Anybody There) Eid al-Adha care packages to families in Turkey, four Americans travelling across the country shared their satisfying experiences with local Turkish families.

28th Abant Meeting “Diverse Perspectives on Turkey” to be held in February 2013

Turkey’s foremost civil intellectual forum, Abant Platform‘s workshop on “Diverse Perspectives on Turkey,” will be held in February 8-10, 2013 in Abant, Bolu. The Abant Platform is founded as an intellectual forum by the Journalists and Writers Foundation to promote democratic engagement for expanding social consensus and the coexistence of society’s rich cultural resources within […]

You are free to touch Hizmet movement

There are other journalists, very secular journalists who have denounced Fethullah Gülen and his movement, defined him as a CIA agent or a secret Christian, all sorts of things, but they have never been imprisoned.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Opposition expresses concern for security of free and fair elections

9-year-old Turkish girl drowns while trying to cross Evros River

Romanian Judge Blocks Extradition of Second Arrested ‘Gulenist’

The Istanbul Cultural Center hopes to build bridges though food

Gülen, Erdoğan’s new agenda item with the West

Why Kimse Yok Mu probe may affect education in Nigeria

Mr. Erdogan’s Jaw-Dropping Hypocrisy

Copyright 2023 Hizmet News