30,000 Gülenists in­volved in exam fraud for in­fil­tra­tion

In­ves­ti­ga­tors un­cov­ered nearly 30,000 sus­pects who ben­e­fited from a scheme by the FETÖ ter­ror­ist group to sup­ply ques­tions and an­swers to sus­pects for pub­lic ex­ams that were ex­ploited so that their mem­bers could in­fil­trate into the state

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page - YÜKSEL TEMEL - SABAH

THE SPE­CIAL desk formed by the Chief Prosecutor’s Of­fice in Ankara to un­cover the Gülenist Ter­ror Group’s (FETÖ) in­fil­tra­tion into state struc­tures has dis­cov­ered that some 30,000 peo­ple ben­e­fited from steal­ing ques­tions and an­swers to state ex­ams.

The gülenİsT Ter­ror Group (FETÖ), which is blamed for the coup at­tempt two years ago, was in­volved so deep in the fraud of a string of ex­ams that the Chief Pub­lic Prosecutor’s Of­fice in the cap­i­tal Ankara had to set up a spe­cial unit to in­ves­ti­gate.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were sift­ing through thou­sands of doc­u­ments when they dis­cov­ered some 30,000 peo­ple ben­e­fited from the group’s scheme to steal ques­tions and an­swers to ex­ams to al­low their mem­bers to in­fil­trate into state in­sti­tu­tions. Prose­cu­tors have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in past ex­ams - in­clud­ing the Pub­lic Per­son­nel Se­lec­tion Exam (KPSS), the largest civil ser­vant exam in the coun­try, as well as an exam for pro­mo­tion in academia and ex­ams for ad­mis­sion and pro­mo­tion in law en­force­ment and the mil­i­tary - for quite some time now.

The courts have also been han­dling the trials of those in­volved in the fraud. Some sus­pects have al­ready been handed down prison terms while oth­ers are still wait­ing for their cases to con­clude. In trials on fraud in a sec­tion of the KPSS, 700 sus­pects out of 3,000 have al­ready been sen­tenced. How­ever, sus­pects who played the main role in steal­ing the ques­tions and an­swers are still at large.

Tes­ti­monies of for­mer mem­bers of the ter­ror­ist group re­vealed that FETÖ ei­ther used its mem­bers in exam bodies to gain ac­cess to ques­tions long be­fore the ex­ams were sched­uled for or hacked into the servers for the same pur­pose. The group’s “broth­ers,” high-rank­ing mem­bers re­spon­si­ble for new re­cruits, would then hand them to young stu­dents hop­ing to en­ter law en­force­ment, mil­i­tary schools or any mem­bers of the group seek­ing a po­si­tion in pub­lic sec­tor. That is ex­actly how the group car­ried out the 2016 coup at­tempt that left 250 peo­ple dead. In 2013, FETÖ tried to top­ple the government again in another failed coup at­tempt with its mem­bers in po­lice and ju­di­ciary.

In the KPSS fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion alone, there are some 13,000 sus­pects. They ap­par­ently obeyed the or­ders of Fe­tul­lah Gülen, the group’s fugi­tive leader who told his mem­bers to “in­fil­trate into the ar­ter­ies of the state” years ago in a se­ries of speeches. Thou­sands were de­tained or ar­rested fol­low­ing and be­fore the coup at­tempt for their links to the ter­ror­ist group but au­thor­i­ties be­lieve there are more in­fil­tra­tors who have man­aged to dis­guise their links to FETÖ.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are now look­ing back at all of the state ex­ams held in the past 15 years. Those ex­ams were crit­i­cal for FETÖ’s ex­pand­ing in­fil­tra­tion into the state, some­thing be­lieved to have started in late 1970s when Gülen, an in­flu­en­tial preacher at that time, ex­panded his clout. Among those ex­ams are the KPSS ex­ams held in 2010 and 2012, an exam for judges and prose­cu­tors held in 2012, ex­ams held for the pro­mo­tion of po­lice chiefs in 2005 and 2013, and ex­ams for district gov­er­nors in 2011 and 2012.

Fe­tul­lah Gülen, who cur­rently lives in Penn­syl­va­nia, U.S., is ac­cused of us­ing in­fil­tra­tors in the mil­i­tary to seize power in 2016.

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