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Mafia-Police-Politician triangle is documented
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|Turkish Daily News Electronic Edition, Domestic News Section, Dec 13 1996
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Mafia-Police-Politician triangle is documented
TDN Parliament Bureau
ANKARA- Documents proving the "Police, mafia, politician" relations which were first disclosed after the traffic accident in Susurluk on November 3 are one by one revealed. A mass of documents are submitted to the parliamentary commission responsible for finding out the "state-mafia" relation. Commission decided to ask for some missing documents and summon for some witnesses to testify.
The most important documents which were given to the commission set up to investigate the secret relations of the underground world and their extensions in the state are "personal letter" written by President Demirel to Prime Minister Erbakan, reports of military and police officials on the subject and inspectors' investigation reports.
The letter written by Demirel to Erbakan on Nov. 13, 1996 include the claims communicated to the President by the main opposition party Motherland (ANAP) Chairman Mesut Yilmaz.
Demirel said in his letter that some members of the special operation division of the police department have taken part in "drug dealing, gambling, extorting protection money, murders." Demirel noted that the Susurluk accident has proven that the situation is worse than estimated.
Referring to the confessions of the murderers of Omer Lutfi Topal, also known as the King of Casinos, Demirel said that although these people have confessed their crimes they were still free. He said "the clan chief is using the state" without giving any names but clearly meaning True Path Party (DYP) Sanliurfa deputy Sedat Bucak. Noting that some state officials got orders from the Special Operation Division Head Ibrahim Sahin and that some top officials including former Interior Minister Mehmet Agar had knowledge of these relations, the President said at least 100-120 people got involved in these crimes and that these people were "murderers working under state orders."
It is thought that Demirel meant deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller and her husband Ozer Ciller by "some top officials." He repeated the same statement on a TV program the night before and said: "I gave the name to the Prime Minister and Mesut Yilmaz has already disclosed this name."
The documents which the commission requested from the Interior Ministry, General Directorate of Police Department, National Intelligence Agency, Headquarters of Gendarmerie, etc. have reached hundreds of pages. It was announced that the signature on the licence to carry a gun for Mehmet Ozbay, Abdullah Catli's false identity, belonged to the then-Chief of Police Department Mehmet Agar. The Headquarters of Gendarmerie's criminal laboratory investigated whether the signature was fake or not deciding that it belonged to Mehmet Agar. Upon this development, the State Security Court Prosecutor's Office submitted the notice to lift Agar's political immunity to Justice Ministry to be sent to Parliament. After Parliament receives the notice it will vote on the lifting of Agar's immunity. However Parliament has the right to postpone the voting until the next election.
On the other hand, another important document submitted to the commission is the one prepared by inspector's of the General Directorate of Police Department. The document notes that Director of the Police Department Huseyin Kocadag, who also died in the Susurluk accident, had given a reference letter for Abdullah Catli, who was wanted by Interpol for the murder of seven people and drugs smuggling in France and Britain, to get a gun licence. This information has proven wrong the claims that Huseyin Kocadag did not know Abdullah Catli and that it was a coincidence that they were in the same car.
A folder signed by Interior Ministry Undersecretary Teoman Unusan, containing more documents on the issue, also includes investigation reports pertaining to other state-related gangs. The reports say that a court file was opened on a total of 16 people, including of three military officers and three policemen -- known as the Soylemez gang -- and that these people had in their possession arms, explosives, DM 186,500 and TL 155,200,000.
It was noted in the report that the Yuksekova gang, consisting of a police chief, a police officer, a PKK militant who turned informer and three village guards were brought before justice on charges of kidnapping and demanding ransom, and that their case was still pending.
An interesting example among the documents at Parliament is on Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller's two body guards, who were on duty at her residence in Istanbul, and the illegal mafia practices they were involved in. In the armed attack on the famous mafia leader Tevfik Agansoy in a cafe in istanbul, one of the body guards was killed and the other one injured. The Documents in the hands of the parliamentary commission include a report to 'clear all accusations' against the injured body guards during the investigation carried out by the Chief of Police Department following the attack. In fact, investigators had found out that these body guards were involved in armed attacks, extortion of protection money and other incidents related to the mafia.
The parliamentary commission also has official documents relating to Abdullah Catli's identity, address, all the searches conducted against him, as well as the fact that he deserted the army.
Turkey in the 21st century
Turkish Daily News
ISTANBUL- Speaking at Istanbul University Economics Faculty's 60th foundation anniversary on Thursday, President Suleyman Demirel said: "Turkey lives within the world. It will go to the same place as the world in the 21st century."
The president was participating in a symposium entitled: "Turkey in the 21st century," where he said that Economics meant to know what to do, and brought logic to society and to the state. He also stated that the Economics Faculty had educated around 20,000 students in over 60 years.
"The world is on the way to becoming global and to becoming one ideology. Turkey is under this influence as well," he went on to say.Passing to the information society
Demirel said that there were both poor and wealthy countries in the world, and the world would pass to a society of information from an industrial and service-based society. He pointed out that the world had tried to prevent another war after the World War II.
"The UN is an important base for this purpose. It prevented a war of nuclear violence," he said.
Demirel also said that Turkey has been affected by the world's concepts of democracy, human rights and the market economy over the last 10 years.
"Human rights, democracy and the market economy will develop in Turkey by the 21st century," he said, and continued, "Turkey has reached an important point in democracy. We should consider this by not looking at the negatives only."Organized society
"Turkey is not in a search of a system," Demirel said. "It will develop the country's own system and governmental control according to society's desires," he continued.
"Organized society holds an important place in the country's development. Turkey should aspire to pluralism. It should aspire to `democratic culture' in another sense," he said.Other speeches
The dean of Istanbul University Economics Faculty, Esfender Korkmaz, also said that Turkey was unable to benefit from the Custom's Union, saying that the trading agreement with the European Union had been used as a political tool and had been forgotten after the elections.
"We should fight for that," he said. "We should question why inflation is 27 percent in Russia and 90 percent in Turkey."
Korkmaz also spoke about the Economics Faculty.
"The faculty knows society and Turkey well and it believes that problems can be solved around tables not in the street fights," he said.Demirel visits an exhibition
Demirel then visited an exhibition entitled: "Painting and Original Weaving" at Fikret and Filiz Otyam's Guarantee Art Gallery.
The president was welcomed by Fikret and Filiz Otyam and examined 64 works at the exhibition one by one. He then said that the work recalled Turkey and he congratulated Fikret and Filiz Otyam.
Demirel was accompanied by Health Minister Yildirim Aktuna, Bursa parliamentarian Cavit Caglar, and Istanbul Governor Ridvan Yenisen.
TGC Sedat Simavi '96 Awards
Turkish Daily News
ISTANBUL- The 20th Sedat Simavi prizes, awarded in the name of the founder of the Turkish Journalists Association (TGC), were presented on Wednesday night in a ceremony held at the Lutfi Kirdar International Congress and Exhibition Center.
Nail Gureli, the TGC chairman, spoke at the prize-giving, and said that Sedat Simavi had founded the association a quarter of a century ago in order to defend the independence of the press against economic and political power, and to protect journalist's job security.Press Freedom
The TGC chairman then moved on to address the audience on the current status of the press in Turkey.
"The press is under restrictions and prohibitions, with around 150 laws and 800 articles," Gureli said, "and now it is faced by the political power's most dangerous and restrictive intentions. If these intentions come true, this will not only exterminate the free press, but will also damage democracy. We will never let them silence democracy and the press," he declared.
Gureli then said that "those who have gone in the direction of illegal ways want to silence the press to prevent people knowing these facts."Awards
Following the speech, the awards, which fall into eight categories, were then presented. The Health Sciences Award went to Professor Dr. Seluk Merdan, Visual Arts to Mustafa Ata, Literature to Orhan Duru, Sports to Naim Suleymanoglu, Journalism to Dogan Akin, Radio and TV to Erdal Dagtas and Social Sciences to Dr. Sema Erder.
Health Minister Yildirim Aktuna, Istanbul Governor Ridvan Yenisen, the former minister Ali Talip Ozdemir, Mehmet Ali Yilmaz, Ahmet Cetinsaya, the mayor of Eminonu and many journalists were also present at the ceremony.
Ciller: A crusade is being fought against the government
TDN Parliament Bureau
ANKARA- Accusing the opposition of launching a "crusade" against the government, True Path Party (DYP) leader and Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller said the coalition government had brought stability to Turkish democracy and to the state of law. She said this was confirmed by the public's endorsement of the Welfare Party (RP) and the DYP in the Nov. 3 by-local elections. "Those who do not see the importance of stability in democracy are attacking our government," she said. Ciller also said the opposition had waited for the budget debates to try and destroy the coalition but that the "DYP deputies had dispersed their efforts."
Ciller, addressing her party's parliamentary group on Thursday said a crucial allegation against the Turkish Republic had been occupying the agenda for weeks following the traffic accident in Susurluk. "They accuse the Turkish Republic of making use of illegal forces. The president, the police forces and even the Parliament are faced with murder allegations. Nobody has the right to suspect a great state," she said.
The deputy prime minister said those who make such accusations would be taught a lesson through democracy and the judiciary.
She further added that the evidence main opposition Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz had claimed as having did not in fact exist. She said Yilmaz had claimed he had given the documents to the Istanbul security chief but the Istanbul security chief has said he had no documents. "One of them is not telling the truth," Ciller said.
"We face a situation where we are stabbing ourselves in the back. Even the Greeks wouldn't be able to do something like this to us," Ciller contended, adding it was sad to see that the Turkish president, the police and the parliament had all been a target of the allegations.
She said democracy was being put through a test, underlining that the government would continue on its democratic way and follow the principles of a state of law. "There may be problems at times, but democracy cannot be the cause of such problems. Democracy requires tolerance and not impatience," she said.
Warning the opposition, Ciller said the ongoing efforts to turn every problem into a government crisis, would find smaller public reaction but would create more anger.
Meanwhile, Ciller read to the DYP deputies the details on the understanding of the state of law. All through her address, to which the DYP deputies listened in silence, Ciller refrained from using Mesut Yilmaz' name.
The main theme of Ciller's address was the state of law, saying that if the pillars of the system were moved a revolution would occur. "You cannot find two people who understand each other if you remove the pillars of the system," she said. Furthermore she said if the concept of freedom was understood as anarchy, and democracy as irresponsible behavior, then a free and participatory democracy would turn into a disaster.
Ciller said there were "would-be lynchers" in the country. "On the one hand you accuse the state of execution without interrogation and then you yourselves wish to execute without investigation. Suspicion and evidence are two different things. Our path is democracy and the state of law and nobody should have doubts concerning the success of this path," she concluded.
Ciller to pay TL 2 bn fine to Kazan
Turkish Daily News
ANKARA- A civil court here has concluded a libel suit which Justice Minister Sevket Kazan had filed against Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller and ordered the latter to pay TL 2 billion to him, the Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.
Ciller was earlier sentenced by another court to pay $40,000 to RP leader and Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan for calling him a heroin smuggler.
In his petition, Kazan had claimed that Ciller had defamed his character by calling him "dishonorable" and wanted the court to have her pay TL 5 billion. However, Kazan did not ask for any interest which may have accrued.
Ciller's attorney held that the plaintiff's claims were false and that his client had exercised her right to defend herself in the face of criticism of her.
Kazan's attorney stated that his client had made a statement prior to the formation of the Welfare Party (RP) - True Path Party (DYP) coalition urging the then-Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz to clarify the allegations that Ciller had drawn TL 500 billion from a Prime Ministry slush fund when she was in office as prime minister.
Following Kazan's statement in regard to the slush fund issue, Ciller criticized Kazan at her party's parliamentary group meeting.
Court annuls law allowing sale of state properties
Turkish Daily News
ANKARA- The Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled the law allowing the sale of properties owned by the state.
The court ruled on the case filed by 113 deputies from various political parties. In their joint petition, the deputies also asked the court to suspend enforcement of the law until the court ruling was published in the Official Gazette.
Yekta Gungor Ozden, the presiding judge of the court, said that the entire law had been annulled unanimously and that the decision to suspend enforcement of the law had been made as well.
The law called for the sale of real estate owned by state offices and organizations which were not needed for public service. The law entitled the government to sell state properties except those covered under the privatization law. It also authorized the government to determine which properties would be sold and the conditions of the sale.
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