A candidate in Turkey’s recent general election has surrendered to police and will testify in court as part of long-running “parallel state” case.
Ali Ihsan Kaya, a former police intelligence officer and Saadet Party candidate in Mersin, came to court on Monday to testify alongside two other former police officers, Ilyas Avci and Ilyas Isik, and surrendered to police in Turkey’s southern province of Mersin.
The three came to court to testify after arrest warrants were issued for them and four other people in Mersin last week during the ongoing “parallel state” investigation.
The “parallel state” is a purported group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in Turkey’s institutions, including the judiciary and police, accused of attempting to undermine the government.
Last Monday’s operation led to the detention of five other people in Mersin.
The suspects were charged with establishing an illegal organisation to commit crimes, recording non-public phone conversations, violation of privacy, fabrication of crimes and forgery of documents.
Kaya, who spoke to reporters outside Mersin’s courthouse, said “We waited for the election to come to an end and came to testify after having done my work.”
Kaya, whose party did not pass Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold, added that he had nothing to hide and was ready to “learn and testify against the accusations.”