The Supreme Court of Appeals in Ankara announced an order of confidentiality on Thursday for the trials of a case against one staff colonel and four prosecutors who were arrested after ordering an unauthorised search of trucks belonging to the Turkish National Intelligence Service in 2014.
The prosecutor announced the decision in the first session on Thursday as the trial for the case against former Adana Chief Public Prosecutor Suleyman Bagriyanik, prosecutors Aziz Takci, Ozcan Sisman and Ahmet Karaca, and former Adana Gendarmerie Command Staff Colonel Ozkan Cokay began.
In accordance with the order, press members and some deputies attending the trial were forced to leave.
The prosecutor has demanded the five defendants receive a life sentence on charges of attempting to "topple the government or stop it from doing its duty by using force" and for exposing secret information.
In January 2014, several trucks belonging to the MIT were stopped by local gendarmerie in the southern Adana and Hatay provinces on the grounds that they were loaded with ammunition and headed to groups in Syria, despite a national security law forbidding such searches.
The four prosecutors and the former gendarmerie commander were charged on May 7 with spying for issuing the search warrants, which are alleged to have violated the national security law as they concerned MIT property.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry said the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid to the Turkmen community which live under constant regime attacks in war-torn Syria.
The investigation into the searching of the MIT trucks was launched as part of the probe against a “parallel state” said to be comprised of an inner circle of bureaucrats embedded in Turkey's key institutions - including the judiciary and the police force - linked to the Gulen movement led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.