Turkey’s HSYK accuse prosecutor over Reyhanli attack

Turkey’s High Council of Judges and Prosecutors accuse prosecutor Ozcan Sisman of overlooking intelligence alerts ahead of Reyhanli attack which killed over 50 civilians

Courtesy of: the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK)
Courtesy of: the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK)

The main building of High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) located in Turkey's capital Ankara seen in this archieve image

Turkey’s top judicial body, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) on Friday accused Prosecutor Ozcan Sisman of overlooking measures that would prevent the bomb attack in Turkey’s southeastern border town Reyhanli, despite warnings from Turkey's National Intelligence Organisation (MIT).

According to a statement issued by HSYK, identities of assailants were known and a wiretapping decision was put out three days prior to the incident. 

However, the Prosecutor Sisman, who was also arrested in the MIT truck probe over espionage and violation of national security law, failed to take action, claiming that "no concrete evidence was present” over the attack, the statement said.

Therefore, HYSK give the court permission to investigate Prosecutor Sisman on the grounds that he ignored the intelligence reports prior to the explosions.

On May 11 2013, two cars exploded in Reyhanli district of southern Hatay province near the Syrian border, killing 52 people and injuring 200.

Of the 52 dead, five were Syrian and 47 were Turkish nationals.

The HSYK statement said that MIT had issued warnings to the police force 13 times up until the day before the attacks and coordinated with the police force.

When MIT’s requests were not heeded by the police force, MIT asked Sisman to intervene twice, however he declined to detain the suspects.

Following the bombing, MIT determined the vehicles in the alert matched the ones used in the bombing.

Sisman is one of the prosecutors arrested in the probe launched over espionage charges and violating national security law for the unauthorized inspection of trucks that belong to MIT in 2014, with the claim that they were “carrying ammunition to opposition forces in Syria.”

Prosecutor Sisman was also accused of having ties to the “Gulenist Terror Organisation [FETO]" by the Turkish government, which claims the organisation is behind the search of the trucks, threatening national security.

The organisation led by US-based Turkish-preacher Fethullah Gulen is accused of forming a parallel state and infiltrating government institutions, including the police force, bureaucracy and judiciary to further their own agenda.

TRTWorld, AA