Indictment alleging eight suspects for involvement in “misconduct and collecting money for a terrorist organisation” at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) was accepted on Wednesday by Ankara 2nd Heavy Penal Court.
Indictment included Ali Veysel Tunc, Ersin Guclu, Vedat Kucuk, Mustafa Tatli, Vedat Babacan, Huseyin Yavus, Murat Goksen and Bekir Konya, and other three suspects in the case were released by the court pending judicial controls.
On April 28, 16 suspects have been detained by police over charges of “illegal hiring to the council, collecting money for a terrorist organisation, forming and being a member of a terrorist organisation, and damaging public property.”
The case was filed after the complaints of three plaintiffs who claimed their employment at TUBITAK provided by members of Gulen Movement that use code names and that they were “forcefully made donations” to the Movement under the name of “himmet (favour).”
Gulen Movement which is led by the US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen and allegedly has influence on the judiciary, police force, media and bureaucracy through its adherents, is accused of forming an inner circle named “Parallel State” by its members and being behind the espionage and illegal wiretapping of high-ranking government officials. The “Parallel State” is seen as a national security threat by the government.
According to the indictment, the suspects also collected 500 Turkish liras (roughly $200) from the salaries of complainants during years of 2011, 2012 and 2013, and that they were blackmailed with dismissals from jobs if they did not donate. In addition, the complainants were forced to subscribe to newspapers and magazines published by media organs of the Movement.
The suspects are also facing charges of “financing funding for the terrorist organisation.”
Also, seven suspects belonging to police force that were detained on Tuesday as part of the illegal wiretapping investigation launched based in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya, were referred to court on Wednesday for legal proceedings.
The suspects were detained over the alleged charges of “forgery in official documents, forming and managing a criminal organisation, violation of communication privacy, illegally wiretapping and recording personal data.”
In the meantime, 12 suspects were detained on Wednesday in an operation carried out against the members of the “Parallel State” based off southeastern province of Adiyaman for involvement in cheating and fraud in Turkey’s 2010 State Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS) investigation.
Three of the suspects are teachers.
The KPSS investigation accuses suspects of charges including “being a member of an organisation founded to commit crimes, forgery of official documents, fraud at the expense of public institutions and organs, removing evidence of felony, and misconduct in office.”
The probe into the KPSS exam alleges that members of the Gulen Movement were involved in the leakage of the exam questions and the distribution of questions to their followers in order to place their adherents in key government institutions.