Search

 

Cablegate: Seventh Wave of Ergenekon Arrests

VZCZCXRO7916
PP RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHIT #0505 2660705
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 220705Z SEP 08
FM AMCONSUL ISTANBUL
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8487
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUFOADA/JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK PRIORITY
RHMFISS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/DIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY

id: 170802
date: 9/22/2008 7:05
refid: 08ISTANBUL505
origin: Consulate Istanbul
classification: CONFIDENTIAL
destination: 08ANKARA1217|08ISTANBUL380
header:
VZCZCXRO7916
PP RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHIT #0505 2660705
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 220705Z SEP 08
FM AMCONSUL ISTANBUL
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8487
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUFOADA/JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK PRIORITY
RHMFISS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/DIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY

----------------- header ends ----------------

C O N F I D E N T I A L ISTANBUL 000505

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/18/2018
TAGS: PHUM PREL TU ASEC AA
SUBJECT: SEVENTH WAVE OF ERGENEKON ARRESTS

REF: A. ISTANBUL 380
B. ANKARA 1217

Classified By: Classified by Consul General Sharon A. Wiener for reasons 1.4 (B) and (D).

1. (U) On September 18, in a seventh wave of
Ergenekon-related detentions, Turkish police in Istanbul,
Ankara, Izmir, Mersin, and Hakkari provinces took into
custody 17 people. (The religiously-oriented Zaman daily
newspaper reports that 19 people were taken into custody,
rather than 17, as reported by Dogan news agency affiliated
outlets.) In Istanbul, five army lieutenants, a military
academy student, well-known actress Nurseli Idiz, artistic
manager Seyhan Soylu, and lawyer Levent Temiz were taken into
custody.

2. (C) Temiz is the president of the nationalist
organization Ulku Ocaklari (Ideal Home), which is widely
believed to be the unofficial youth branch of the right-wing
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Both Sabah and Taraf
newspapers report the police have determined from a review of
phone records that Temiz had ties with both the charged
murderer of Hrant Dink and one of the terrorists involved in
the July 9 attack on the U.S. Consulate. This allegation
follows a front page report in Zaman newspaper on September
18 that made substantially the same allegations. The Legal
Attache in Istanbul advises it has no information regarding
Temiz and reports no knowledge of any connection between the
Ergenekon group and the attack on the U.S. Consulate. The
investigation into the July 9 attack is still on going.
Turkish police have refused to speculate on an Ergenekon link
to the attack.

3. (U) Zaman claims, without explanation, that Soylu played a
key role in the "post-modern military coup" in 1997 that led
to the collapse of the Erbakan government. Ruhat Mengi,
columnist for mainstream Vatan, notes that the timing of this
new Ergenekon operation seems designed to deflect attention
from allegations swirling around PM Erdogan in connection to
the Deniz Feneri corruption case. The 103 suspects accused of
having suspicious links to Ergenekon will begin to appear in
court on October 20, facing accusations that include
"membership in an armed terrorist group."
WIENER

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC