Jailed soldiers appeal for dismissal in MIT truck case probe

Lawyers of 10 soldiers imprisoned over espionage charges for searching trucks belonging to national intelligence in 2014, request for discharge of soldiers ‘in light of new evidence’

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ten soldiers who were jailed on espionage charges for searching trucks that belonged to the National Intelligence Service in 2014, asked their clients to be discharged on Monday, claiming the recently surfaced images that allegedly belong to the incident could be considered as new evidence.

In January 2014, several trucks of MIT were stopped by local gendarmerie in the southern Adana and Hatay provinces on the grounds that they were loaded with ammunition to groups in Syria, despite a national security law forbidding such a search.

On Friday, the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet published alleged leaked MIT images and a footage showing ammunition hidden in boxes, claiming that they were sent to Syrian opposition forces by the Turkish Intelligence Service.

The images and short video footage show ammunition in a box that are opened by individuals whose faces are not visible in an unknown location.

Cumhuriyet now faces an anti-terrorism probe launched by prosecutors after the images and the footage were published on Friday.

The lawyers of the soldiers, Osman Yedekci and Ali Gayiranal spoke to press regarding their appeal in front of the main Istanbul courthouse.

Speaking to press, Gayiranal noted “The reason why these images are important is that, it is beyond ordinary. As we have previously mentioned, our clients carried out their duties and these images prove that.”

Nevertheless, Turkey's Interior Ministry at the time said the trucks were conveying humanitarian aid to the Turkmen community in the war-torn country.

Four prosecutors and a former gendarmerie commander were charged with “spying” for issuing the search warrants which violates the national security law as the interception involved MIT properties, on May 7.

TRTWorld and agencies