22 businessmen sue PM Erdoğan over Hashishin remarks against Hizmet


Date posted: January 21, 2014

İSTANBUL

Twenty-two businessmen in Ankara on Monday filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his remarks likening the followers of the Hizmet movement to a historic group of assassins, claiming that he insulted their character.

Last week in his party meeting, when speaking about those he accuses of orchestrating the ongoing government corruption investigation, Erdoğan, in a thinly veiled reference to the Hizmet movement, spoke of members of a group who are like “hashashins,” and who had undermined the Turkish state previously in history by committing assassinations.

Dr. Mahir Şahin, one of the plaintiffs, made a statement in front of the courthouse and argued that the people who follow the Hizmet movement, known as the “Cemaat” (community), are openly being targeted by publicly associating them with the corruption probe that broke out on Dec. 17.

Stating that these people are being convicted without evidence or trial, Şahin said that the prime minister is insulting the members of the Hizmet movement by associating them with the first known terrorist organization in history. Hashashins reportedly used to kill people in 12th century Persia and Syria while under the influence of opium. The English word assassin is believed to come from the name of the hashashins, whose leader was a man named Hassan Sabbah.

According to Şahin, Erdoğan describes members of the Hizmet movement as similar to members of a dangerous group that commits crimes. In addition he says that Erdoğan also accused the members of the Hizmet movement of committing “character assassination” and the secret recording of the private lives of politicians.

Şahin also said that Erdoğan’s accusations went further, calling the members of the Hizmet movement a gang that aims to control the state, terrorist organization, a secret organization that is trying to destroy the government. “Erdoğan’s description of us as deceitful, corrupt and a virus in the body are unacceptable,” Şahin went on to say. He argued that although the prime minister did not specify any names in his statements, anyone with an average intelligence would be able to understand that he meant the Hizmet movement.

Stating that the people who are committed to the Hizmet movement are known to be education volunteers by the public, Şahin said that the kind of accusations made by the prime minister should not be directed at these people.

“We deny the prime minister’s remarks which openly insult our character and do not reflect the truth,” Şahin pointed out, before saying that the group of plaintiffs had filed a lawsuit against Erdoğan based on Article 24(2) of the Turkish Civil Law.

Source: Todays Zaman , January 20, 2014


Related News

Police, inspectors raid Gülen-inspired schools in Manisa for 3rd time

Police officers and inspectors from 15 government agencies have raided Gülen-inspired private schools in the western province of Manisa for the third time, as part of a government-orchestrated operation targeting the faith-based Gülen movement, popularly known as the Hizmet movement.

Top AK Party official likens Gülen’s stance on peace talks to that of Mandela

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik has expressed appreciation for Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s support for ongoing talks with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), likening Gülen’s remarks to those of South African politician Nelson Mandela. In his latest weekly speech, broadcast on website Herkul.org last Sunday, Gülen said as long […]

Georgetown University in Qatar professor authors book on interfaith dialogue, Hizmet Movement

Father Thomas Michel in his new book titled “Peace and Dialogue in a Plural Society: Contributions of the Hizmet Movement at a Time of Global Tensions” explores how Fethullah Gulen and his movement are one of those voices speaking most vocally in favor of a world community, where different faiths and nations can come together at one table to solve the multitude of problems facing today’s world.

What Is Next In Turkey?

The generals were never the script writers of the coups but only players. The script writers of the coup on July 15 in Turkey aimed to simulate a coup as if it was staged by the Gulen movement. It was simply a false flag. While only a few hundred soldiers were involved in the coup, more than ten thousand officers were purged and arrested. While the police officers challenged the coup plotters, twelve thousand police officers were fired two months after the coup.

RTÜK suspends 20 SHaber TV shows, harshest penalty of all times

Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has suspended 20 TV shows of the Samanyolu Haber TV news channel, its Editor in Chief Metin Yıkar announced via his Twitter account on Saturday. The RTÜK penalty came days after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to finish off the Hizmet Movement and its affiliates, including the Samanyolu Haber TV.

Which is the bigger threat, Turkey’s coup or Erdogan’s response?

Erdogan’s counter-coup may do more to change Turkish politics than the coup plotters ever sought, completing the country’s transformation from secular democracy to what’s fast becoming the new favorite government for aspiring dictators — one where the media is strictly controlled, conformity is entrenched through the schools, elections bring little change, and presidents can rule for life.

Latest News

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

Grondahl: Turkish community strong in wake of threats from back home

In Case You Missed It

Globalization and the Hizmet movement

NTIC Alumni urges Turkish govt not to close schools

Turkish govt has declared war on us, Nigerian student cries out from hiding

Hong Kong Anatolia Cultural & Dialogue Centre, Photography Competition 2015

RTÜK fines Samanyolu for news about boy named after Gülen

Turkey targets the Gulen family

Love is A Verb – forthcoming documentary on the Gülen Movement

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News