Re: No end in sight to Erdogan’s hubris

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

With re­gard to the ar­ti­cle which was pub­lished on the Wed­nes­day Col­umn in Daily Trust on 27 July 2016 with the ti­tle “No end in sight to Erdogan’s hubris” by Mo­hammed Haruna, I would like to bring the fol­low­ings to the read­ers of Daily Trust re­gard­ing the un­suc­cess­ful coup in Tur­key:

There was an un­suc­cess­ful coup at­tempt in Tur­key in the eve of the 15 July 2016. Members of the Gülen Group was be­hind the coup at­tempt.

How­ever, Gülen Group con­tin­ues to use its in­flu­ence over cer­tain me­dia out­lets for a defama­tion cam­paign in or­der to dis­tort the ef­forts by the demo­crat­i­cally elected Gov­ern­ment and the Turk­ish ju­di­ciary to bring jus­tice for the vic­tims of their crimes. In line with this Tur­key has been tar­geted by un­equiv­o­cal defama­tion cam­paign by the Gulen Move­ment re­gard­ing the coup in Tur­key.

Un­for­tu­nately, Mr. Mo­hammed Haruna, mis­leads the Nige­rian read­ers by us­ing the rhetoric of the Gulen Move­ment by say­ing that it is a “pre-man­aged coup at­tempt by the Turk­ish Gov­ern­ment”. On the other hand re­al­ity is dif­fer­ent. The tes­ti­monies of some of the de­tained Mil­i­tary of­fi­cers have al­ready re­vealed clear con­nec­tion be­tween the coup at­tempt and the Gulen Move­ment.

For ex­am­ple, tes­ti­mony of the aide of the Turk­ish Gen­eral Chief of Staff clearly shows the link­age be­tween Gulen Move­ment and the coup at­tempt. He ex­plained in de­tail how the coup at­tempt was or­ches­trated.

Ac­cord­ing to his tes­ti­mony, he con­fessed be­ing a mem­ber of the Gülen Move­ment since young ages. He en­tered the mil­i­tary school in 1989. On the eve of the en­trance ex­ams, cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als linked with this group gave him the an­swers of the test; He started ex­e­cut­ing the or­ders of Gülenists af­ter be­com­ing the aid to the top mil­i­tary com­man­der, such as wire­tap­ping both the present and for­mer Chiefs of Gen­eral Staff on a reg­u­lar ba­sis; and He re­vealed the names of other Gülen-linked of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the Chief of the Cab­i­net who ac­tively took part in the coup at­tempt.

Türkkan claimed that he re­gret­ted par­tic­i­pat­ing in the coup when he heard on TV that the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly of Tur­key was be­ing bombed and civil­ians were be­ing killed by junta troops.

Pres­ence of Gülen-linked civil­ians at the Ak“nc“lar Air base in Ankara dur­ing the plot at­tempt. Dur­ing op­er­a­tions coun­ter­ing the plot, some civil­ians known to have links with the Gülen move­ment were ap­pre­hended at the Ak“nc“lar mil­i­tary air base in Ankara. One of them is well-known to be the one of the “imam”s of the group.

This base was the cen­ter of coup plot­ters.The war planes that bombed var­i­ous state build­ings through­out the night of 15/16 July took off from this base. Mil­i­tary com­man­ders who re­fused to par­tic­i­pate in the plot, in­clud­ing the Chief of Gen­eral Staff, were force­fully taken to the very same lo­ca­tion. For­mer po­lice officials who were dis­missed due to their links with Gülen par­tic­i­pated in the plot.

There are con­crete find­ings that on the night of 15 July, some po­lice officials who were pre­vi­ously dis­missed from the Turk­ish na­tional po­lice be­cause of their af­fil­i­a­tion with the Gülen group, ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in the coup at­tempt to­gether with the mil­i­tary plot­ters in mil­i­tary uni­forms.

Dur­ing the course of the coup at­tempt, there was an in­tense com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the mil­i­tary plot­ters and those po­lice of­fi­cers.

Fur­ther­more, sev­eral ex-po­lice of­fi­cers were seen on lo­ca­tions in prox­im­ity to crit­i­cal lo­ca­tions such as the TRT (Turk­ish ra­dio and TV in­sti­tu­tion) and the Po­lice In­tel­li­gence Head­quar­ters in Ankara dur­ing the coup at­tempt. One of them was cap­tured. His tele­phone records re­vealed sev­eral What­sApp cor­re­spon­dences be­tween the Gülen group members, in­clud­ing or­ders to sup­port the coup at­tempt.

There were sim­i­lar cases in Is­tan­bul. A for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer well­known by his af­fil­i­a­tion with Gülen group was seen in front of Is­tan­bul head­quar­ters of the Turk­ish Na­tional Po­lice. He got in an ar­moured mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle and then the ve­hi­cle as­saulted the build­ing. There are a num­ber of video footages of this scene cir­cu­lated in the so­cial me­dia.

It is crys­tal clear that the Gülen Group (FETO) was be­hind the coup at­tempt in Tur­key. It was led by a net­work of mil­i­tary of­fi­cers of vary­ing ranks who are af­fil­i­ated with the Group. It was also sup­ported by non-mil­i­tary in­di­vid­u­als and groups known to be af­fil­i­ated to Gülen.

Re­cent tes­ti­monies of those others who played key roles in the plot all point to this direction. There are other cru­cial find­ings as well.

The on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions and en­su­ing le­gal process against the plot­ters will surely bring more ev­i­dence to sur­face on the true na­ture of this sin­is­ter group.

Hakan Çak“l is the Am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of Tur­key to Nige­ria

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