Major Says No One In Erdoğan Assassination Attempt Trial Has Links To Gülen


Date posted: February 22, 2017

One of 37 officers who are standing trial on charges of taking part in an assassination attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a failed coup on July 15 has said none of the officers in the trial has any links to the faith-based Gülen movement.

Maj. Taner Berber said during a hearing of the trial of 47 people, 37 of whom are officers, at the Muğla 2nd High Criminal Court that although there is a consensus among the public about the Gülen movement being behind the coup attempt, he is a nationalist officer who is committed to the principles of Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.

“We have been subjected to various tests since military school. If we had any links to the group, it would have been revealed. None of us including me has any links to the group. If there is someone who has nothing to do with this group, it’s those people behind me,” said Berber, pointing to the other officers facing coup charges in the same trial.

The major also said he and his colleagues had no intention of killing Erdoğan and that they thought they were taking part in a terror operation.

A 37-strong team of special forces members that attacked Erdoğan’s hotel on July 15 killed two policemen. Six aggravated life sentences were demanded for each of the 47 suspects.

SOLDIER RETRACTS STATEMENTS, CLAIMING PRESSURE WHILE IN CUSTODY

Meanwhile, one of 37 officers who are standing trial on charges of taking part in an assassination attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a failed coup on July 15 has retracted his initial statements, claiming that they were made under duress during his interrogation.

Noncommissioned officer Zekariya Kuzu said during a hearing on Tuesday that he has nothing to the with the Gülen movement and that his initial statements while in custody were taken under pressure.

In his initial statements taken and signed while he was in custody, Kuzu had reportedly talked about his connections to the Gülen movement, which is accused by the government of masterminding the coup attempt.

“I said all that as a result of pressure. Some of my remarks were recorded at the police station. My lawyer was visually handicapped and the police showed him where to sign,” said Kuzu, denying allegations of Gülen links.

The indictment was completed in only four months, considered unusually rapid given the average preparation time for indictments in Turkey. President Erdoğan also filed a criminal complaint against the suspects for allegedly trying to kill him in Marmaris.

Erdoğan called the botched coup a great gift of God as he immediately put the blame on the Gülen movement.

A report prepared by the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (IntCen) revealed that although President Erdoğan and the Turkish government immediately put the blame for the July 15 failed coup on the Gülen movement, the coup attempt was staged by a range of Erdoğan’s opponents due to fears of an impending purge, according to a report by The Times newspaper on Jan. 17. (The SCF with turkishminute.com) Feb.21, 2017

Source: Stockholm Center for Freedom , February 21, 2017


Related News

Erdoğan’s Fight against the Gülen Movement & The Demise of Turkish State Rationality

In a nutshell, Erdoğan’s divisive political rhetoric and his attempts to foster anti-Gülenist sentiments have perfectly served his own political interests within the country, but they have not served the country’s interests in the international arena, as they raise serious doubts about the credibility and rationality of the state as embodied in Erdoğan’s personality.

Or is it Gülenophobia?

Turkey’s frequently changing agenda has recently been dominated by one issue: An İstanbul prosecutor overseeing an investigation into a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-linked terrorist organization has asked the Ankara Prosecutor’s Office to hear the testimony of National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan and has obtained arrest warrants for four other MİT agents. MERVE BÜŞRA […]

Who staged a coup against whom on Dec. 17?

When its involvement in corruption and bribery became public, and that this seemed like the tip of an iceberg, the government thought that it must cover up the subsequent investigation, fearing that yet more investigations would be started — and so crushed the police force and the judiciary like a steamroller.

Pakistan’s Senate body to summon officials over missing Turkish family

The Senate Committee on Human Rights (HRs) of Pakistan on Thursday took up the issue of the disappeared Turkish family working for Pak-Turk Schools from Lahore and decided to summon relevant officials of federal and provincial governments in its next meeting.

Part of Turkish media say have been shut out by government

Turkish media close to a US-based Islamic preacher accused by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of seeking to usurp power say they have been shut out of government press events in a move they see as evidence of Turkey’s deteriorating press freedoms.

Why does Turkey’s President Erdogan want Knicks’ Enes Kanter in jail?

A Turkish prosecutor asked for NBA’s New York Knicks star Enes Kanter to be jailed for up to four years for insulting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday. “I have said less than that honorless (man) deserves. Add another 4 years for me, master,” he told his 526,000 Twitter followers.

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

Faith Compatible with Science

Massachusetts Judges Express Fears Over Arrests, Firings Of Judges In Turkey

Mother with disabled son and daughter detained over alleged coup involvement

Enforced Disappearance: Cases of Hizmet Movement members and International Law

Discrimination by AKP government [against Hizmet movement]

Turkey Carries Out Major NATO Purge

Can the West believe in Islamic progress?

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News