Erdogan: State Council Attack an Organized Crime

Iran Materials 31 May 2006 15:29 (UTC +04:00)

(zaman.com) - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan asserted that the May 17 attack against the State Council was an organized crime, similar to the one that took place in the Susurluk incidents years ago.

Speaking about the events, Erdogan used the term "organized crime" during his speech at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Central Executive Council (MYK) meeting Tuesday, reports Trend.

The Prime Minister reportedly underlined that the attack was not an individual act.

"The Judiciary should conduct a comprehensive investigation into the event," said Erdogan, who noted that it would be evident whether or not it was an organized crime once the judicial process is completed.

Citing that the "Murder targeted the government," Erdogan criticized those who allege there is a head scarf motive behind the attack.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told reporters yesterday that the links between the perpetrators of the bloody event will be pinned down by the courts.

Sharing the information he obtained about the attack with party members at the MYK meeting, the prime minister offered a picture clearer than that provided by Minister of Justice Cemil Cicek and Minister of Interior Abdulkadir Aksu.

Erdogan recalled that photographs published in Turkish newspapers clearly outline the associations and everything is out and in the open.

'Surveillance cameras at Council's residence also out-of-order'

Meantime, members of the MKY reiterated that the X-ray device at the State Council building was broken, and later drew attention to the companies in charge of the Council's security and surveillance. One MYK member asserted that security cameras at the private residences of Council members were also out of service.