Turkish court to investigate ties between Gazi University and Gulen movement

Ankara court launches investigation into Ankara Gazi University as part of ongoing ‘parallel state’ probe

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Gazi University is facing an investigation by an Ankara court on charges of crimes against public order, following claims of links to an unlawful bureaucratic “parallel state” organisation, Turkish media has reported.

The investigation is part of the ongoing probe against “parallel state,” which is accused of infiltrating into Turkey’s highest institutions and attempting to overthrow the elected governmentin what the government calls "a judicial coup plot."

The “Parallel state” alleged to have been formed by the Gulen Movement refers to a suspected group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in the country’s critical institutions, including the courts and police departments.

The claims against the university include that it stored personal data in violation of the law, dismissed staff by mobbing, opened unlawful investigations, forced staff into early retirement,  and illegally sold university property, according to the Sabah newspaper.

The chancellor of Gazi University, Suleyman Buyukberber, has been accused of unlawfully appointing members of the parallel state as academic and administrative staff.

Members of parallel state allegedly were hired during the chancellor’s period of office and appointed by forcing previous employees into early retirement, according to Sabah.

Six IT specialists also were given highly paid jobs after they were dismissed from Turkey’s top science and technology institute (TUBITAK) on charges of wiretapping senior government figures including the then prime minister.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, revealed in late 2012, when he was prime minister, that a bug had been found in his office.  

In December 2013, the government called it an act of political spying by the “parallel state.”

A team in Gazi University consisting of six former TUBITAK specialists is accused of having kept records of all the personnel of the school to use in blackmail.

The chancellor denied responsibility for the infraction of rules regarding the claims when he was interviewed by the head of Turkey’s higher education council.

In related news, twenty seven Turkish policemen who were detained Monday, were sent to the Istanbul criminal court on charges also connected to the ongoing “parallel state” probe.

The suspects were detained over accusations of establishing and being a member of criminal “parallel state” organisation, political espionage, forgery and illegally deleting computer data.

TRTWorld and agencies