Investigation into Ergenkon Case to Launch in Istanbul on 20 October
Turkey, Ankara, 19 October/ Trend , corr T. Aliyev/ As many as 46 people including political party chief, military men and journalists have been arrested with 86 people facing allegations about the Ergenkon case. They are charged with founding Ergenkon terrorist organization, coup d'eta and other grave crimes.
The Ergenkon suit filed after 27 handmade bombs and other ammunition were discovered in Umraniye province of Istanbul last year contains about 2,500 pages. Retired general Vali Kuchuk, chairman of Working Party Dogu Perinchek, Ilhan Selchuk, editor-in-chief and writer for Cumhuriyyer newspaper and Kamal Alemdaroglu, former rector of Istanbul University have also been held criminally liable. The trial is expected to be held in Sivri province of Istanbul where the accused are detained. As many as 200 seats are meant for panel of judges, prosecutors, the accused, witnesses and lawyer and 80 for the press and representatives of a public. All conditions have been provided for secret witnesses in the neighboring room. Turkish opposition argues that the case is exaggerated and the government seeks to put more pressure on its opponents by using Ergenkon case.
The ruling circles reject these claims.