World Bulletin / News Desk
A sub-commission of Parliament's Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission will investigate the medical treatment received by the late Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit, who was being treated by Dr. Mehmet Haberal at Başkent University and is suspected of being the victim of a plot to unseat him.
Accusations of a falsified medical report concerning Ecevit were raised by Democratic Left Party (DSP) officials in 2002 when Ecevit's party lost the elections and fell from power. Following the emergence of these claims, Ecevit was immediately rushed to the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA) by his wife, Rahşan Ecevit. The former prime minister died in 2006.
The sub-commission, which is investigating the Feb. 28, 1997 post-modern coup, has decided to hear Mücahit Pehlivan, a doctor who secretly treated Ecevit; Recai Birgün, Ecevit's ex-bodyguard; and Hüsametin Özkan, who was a close aide of Ecevit at the time.
Birgün was the first person to claim that Ecevit had received improper treatment at Başkent University.
Pehlivan, an orthopedic surgeon, testified as a witness in the 202nd hearing of the Ergenekon trial at the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court earlier this month.
Ergenekon is a criminal network that has alleged links to the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government.
Pehlivan stated that Birgün contacted him and requested that he examine Ecevit secretly. He said what he did to Ecevit to improve his health was to stop the treatment ordered by Başkent University and that if Ecevit had continued Başkent University's treatment, he might have become paralyzed.
Haberal, former rector of Başkent University, was detained in 2010 as part of the Ergenekon probe. The sub-commission will not hear him because his trial is still going on.
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