HSYK expels five Turkish prosecutors in MIT truck case

Turkey’s top judicial body (HSYK) expels five prosecutors for stopping trucks belong to Turkey’s National Security Organisation (MIT) despite national security laws

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The trucks were conveying humanitarian aid to the Turkmen community in the war-torn country.

The Turkish Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) on Thursday expelled five prosecutors for authorising a search for trucks belonging to Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) in 2014, despite the country’s National Security Laws.

The five men expelled from their position are Suleyman Bagriyanik, Ahmet Karaca, Aziz Takci, Ozcan Sisman and Yasar Kavalciklioglu.

In January 2014, several trucks belonging to MIT were stopped by local gendarmerie in Turkey’s southern Adana and Hatay provinces, alleging that they were carrying ammunition and weapons -although searchers are forbidden according to National Security Law.

The Turkish Interior Ministry said that the trucks, which were accused of carrying ammunition into northern Syria, were conveying humanitarian aid to the Turkmen community in the war-torn country.

HSYK had suspended the five prosecutors from duty following the incident.

Following the suspension, the prosecutors charged with issuing the search warrant on trucks and a former gendarmerie commander were arrested on charges of "attempting to overthrow the government," on May 7.

The investigation concerning the MIT trucks has been launched as part of a wider “parallel state” probe which detained dozens of police officers and the reassignment of hundreds of other officers across Turkey.

The Gulen Movement, which is led by Fethullah Gulen - a US based preacher of Turkish origin- is accused by the Turkish government of establishing and leading a “parallel state,” composed of a network of followers who have allegedly infiltrated the judiciary, police force, and other state agencies to control these institutions.

TRTWorld, AA