Day of reckoning for FETÖ’s ‘first coup try’ in Turkey

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The Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which faces a barrage of investigations relating to the 2016 coup try by its army infiltrators, can also be on the coronary heart of a infamous incident courting again to 2012.

What is called the “Feb. 7 conspiracy against MİT,” or the National Intelligence Presidency, was really the primary try by the group to overthrow the federal government, prosecutors say. A brand new indictment by prosecutors in Istanbul disclosed Friday factors out that the group sought to take away the top of the intelligence service by way of a sham investigation. MİT President Hakan Fidan and a number of other different public officers have been summoned to testify by FETÖ-linked prosecutors on Feb. 7, 2012, over allegations of MİT’s ties to the terrorist group PKK. Later investigations had revealed that the prosecutors and judges finally sought to arrest Fidan to set off a disaster. Fidan didn’t go to the courtroom to testify, upon the directions of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Prosecutors charged 34 suspects – together with FETÖ chief Fetullah Gülen, the group’s handlers for its infiltrators within the judiciary, regulation enforcement and MİT, former police chiefs and a journalist – with making an attempt to overthrow the federal government and operating a terrorist group. The different prices within the case are acquiring confidential paperwork for political or army espionage and forgery of official paperwork. Overall, the costs carry jail phrases from aggravated life imprisonment to sentences between 26 and 53 years.

“It is clear that FETÖ engaged in a power struggle with the government and the first stage of its efforts for their ultimate goal (to topple the government) included the Ergenekon, Balyoz and Poyrazköy (trials), military espionage, the Tahşiye and Selam-Tevhid (cases), MİT trucks and the Dec. 17-25 cases,” the indictment says, referring to a collection of investigations and trials launched by FETÖ-linked prosecutors, police chiefs and judges. All have been discovered to be based mostly on solid proof and have been makes an attempt to stifle FETÖ’s critics or imprison anybody the terrorist group seen as an impediment to their pursuit of gaining clout. The MİT plot sought to hurry up this course of, prosecutors say. “This is, as a matter of fact, FETÖ’s first attempt to overthrow the elected government of the Republic of Turkey,” the indictment says. By arresting Fidan, the plotters would ultimately implicate the prime minister within the case and drive him to resign, prosecutors say.

Istanbul’s specifically approved prosecutors, Sadrettin Sarıkaya and Bilal Bayraktar, who have been later revealed to be members of FETÖ, had issued a courtroom summons for Fidan for his supposed collaboration with the PKK, a number of months after a tape supposedly containing MİT’s talks with the PKK surfaced. However, Fidan and the opposite public officers concerned within the case didn’t cooperate with the prosecutor’s orders after being instructed by then-Prime Minister and present President Erdoğan – who had deliberate to have surgical procedure on the courtroom day however postponed it as a result of incident – to not observe the issued order. At the time, the ruling authorities had harshly criticized the prosecutor’s move, later dismissing him from the case. Sarıkaya later fled the nation on Sept. 27, 2015 whereas below investigation as a part of a FETÖ-linked case. He was caught in Istanbul two years later. Bayraktar stays at giant. After the incident, a regulation was handed which stipulated that MİT officers may solely be investigated upon the permission of the prime minister.

The indictment additionally sheds gentle on particulars of the conspiracy, together with how FETÖ-linked judiciary members manipulated the case of plaintiff Mustafa Özer. Özer, who was later revealed to be employed by MİT, was a journalist who contacted high PKK members and labored as an informant for the intelligence company. His home was searched upon the order of Bayraktar and he was briefly detained. FETÖ-linked judges issued an order to wiretap his telephone and, regardless of the secrecy on the case, his title and work have been brazenly printed on the web site of Taraf, a now-defunct newspaper with intimate ties to FETÖ. Prosecutors say FETÖ members sought to painting MİT as a company collaborating with the PKK with the double goal of defaming the federal government and eradicating high MİT executives, to switch them with their very own infiltrators. The terrorist group’s infiltrators within the judiciary have been conscious that the prime minister would have surgical procedure and couldn’t intervene within the course of, intentionally selecting Feb. 7 because the date to summon Fidan and others.

Wiretapped Oslo talks

Leaked audio recordings of talks between MİT officers and PKK members, often known as the “Oslo talks,” hit headlines shortly earlier than the try to arrest Fidan. The talks have been initially a part of the federal government’s efforts collectively often known as the “reconciliation process,” a bid to finish the PKK violence. However, the leaked tapes ended up being fodder for anti-government propaganda, with FETÖ-linked media shops claiming a collaboration between the PKK and the federal government. The indictment says arduous drives containing audio recordings have been “planted” by FETÖ-linked law enforcement officials on the places of work of a political celebration with ties to the PKK and have been “found” in a raid on the stated place on Jan. 13, 2012.

The indictment traces again the plot to take away Fidan to his first days within the publish and refers to “Israel’s disappointment over the assignment of Fidan as the new head of the intelligence service,” implying that FETÖ served the needs of Israel.

Prosecutors say that the terrorist group, or reasonably its infiltrators within the regulation enforcement and judiciary, resorted to a collection of crimes to construct a case towards Fidan and others, together with arranging “secret” witnesses, who have been folks fed up with false data by prosecutors concocting crimes.

There can also be an extended checklist of plaintiffs within the case, from Erdoğan to ministers within the 2012 authorities, in addition to Fidan and former officers from the intelligence service. Among defendants are Gülen, who presently resides in Pennsylvania within the United States, and different high names of the terrorist group, principally fugitives. Other suspects embrace former police chiefs Ali Fuat Yılmazer and Yurt Atayün, who have been already jailed or sentenced in different circumstances associated to the wrongdoings of the terrorist group. Gülen and his “imams,” or handlers for infiltrators, face aggravated life imprisonment within the case.

About one 12 months after the MİT incident, FETÖ used its members within the judiciary to open a corruption investigation into some members of the Cabinet. Prosecutors Zekeriya Öz and Celal Kara, now needed for being members of FETÖ, created an inventory of names for prosecution, together with Erdoğan’s son Bilal Erdoğan. The intention was to determine a corruption hyperlink by way of Bilal Erdoğan, by way of solid proof, which might then be linked to his father. This try was additionally unsuccessful, because the police didn’t observe the prosecutor’s orders. After this incident, which the federal government thought of to be a breaking level, efforts to cease FETÖ members who had infiltrated nearly all authorities establishments intensified. Eventually, this led to FETÖ being listed as a nationwide safety risk after the advice of the National Security Council (MGK).