Top council allows prosecution of MIT trucks case officials

Turkey’s top judicial body High Council of Judges and Prosecutors decides to allow legal proceedings against five prosecutors and three gendarmerie commanders who participated in stopping of Turkish National Intelligence Agency trucks

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s top judicial body the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has decided to allow legal proceedings for five prosecutors and three gendarmerie commanders who took charge in illegally stopping of Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) trucks.

The 2nd Chamber of the HSYK has also decided to take the final pleas of prosecutors Suleyman Bagriyanik, Ahmet Karaca, Aziz Takci, Ozcan Sisman ve Yasar Kavalcioglu.

In January 2014, several trucks of 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 a search.

Four prosecutors charged with issuing the search warrant on trucks and a former gendarmerie commander were arrested on May 7.

Turkish daily Cumhuriyet also faces an investigation after publishing several images and video footage last Friday, showing guns and ammunition that were allegedly carried by the MIT trucks.

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

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

The Gulen movement 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 infiltrated the judiciary, police force, and other state agencies and have attempted to take over these institutions.

The 2nd Chamber head Mehmet Yilmaz has said, “It is indisputable that when judicial power is used with an aim to destruct opponents in investigations, it will negatively affect social peace, comfort, and trust. In addition, respect and trust to the judiciary will be died out.”

TRTWorld and agencies