Army probes 81 generals allegedly ‘parallel state’ members

Turkish Army investigates complaints concerning 81 generals and admirals alleged to be part of ‘parallel state’ structure

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Army is investigating complaints about 1481 army personnel, including 81 generals and admirals, alleged to be part of a “parallel state” structure, the Turkish media outlets said.

Turkish Ministry of Defence and the General Staff have received a total of around 1526 complaints about army personnel of different ranks that are alleged “to have connections with the ‘parallel state.’”

The 1481 complaints have been considered worthy of investigation by the Turkish Army, which has decided to send 26 army personnel files to military prosecutor to start the court investigation process.

Turkey’s Minister of Defence Ismet Yilmaz had confirmed on Wednesday that investigations have been launched into over a thousand staff after Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) received complaints alleging their involvement with the “parallel state.”

The “parallel state” is allegedly managed by the top tier of the Gulen movement, which is led by Fethullah Gulen - a US based preacher of Turkish origin - and composed of a network of followers who have infiltrated the judiciary, police force, and other state agencies and have attempted to take over these institutions.

The Turkish General Staff has also informed the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) about the complaints and the administrative and judicial process of the investigation.

Turkish media has reported that the General Staff has also sorted allegations and accusations which are sincere from those which have no legal base.

Ismet Yilmaz said, “If there is any other structure where orders are received from, the national identity of the military would be lost. Military investigations were launched and results will determine what is necessary to be carried out.”

A structure listed in the the Political Document of National Security (the Red Book) as a national threat can not be accepted in the ranks of the national army, he added.

The top issue discussed in the agenda of the most recent National Security Council (MGK) meeting, which is held bi-monthly for state affairs, was the Gulen Movement, which was listed as a national threat.

The MGK declaration announced, “A detailed briefing was presented about the campaign against the parallel state structure and illegal organisations threatening national security, and it was emphasised that the campaign should decisively be continued.”

TRTWorld and agencies