Turkish military denies clandestine intel unit over political murders

A clandestine military intelligence unit, long known as JITEM has been brought to the forefront of public attention by Ergenekon trial and claims by ex-PKK members.

Turkish military denies clandestine intel unit over political murders

Turkish military denied the existence of a clandestine military intelligence unit in note to a court that investigates the unsolved political murders committed throughout the 1990s and early 2000s in Diyarbakir.

A clandestine military intelligence unit, long known as JITEM has been brought to the forefront of public attention by Ergenekon trial and claims by ex-PKK members.

Turkish General Staff sent a note, that claimed "there is no JITEM", to Diyarbakir 3rd High Criminal Court.

The investigation has tuned to unsolved political murders committed throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Abdulkadir Aygan, a former member of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and later a member of the clandestine gendarmerie intelligence unit, confessed to the media that when retired Colonel Abdulkerim Kirca was the head of JITEM in mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, the unit conducted dozens of executions.

The note, signed by Criminal Justice Legal Affairs Director Colonel Orhan Onder on behalf of the Chief of General Staff, stated "there is no organization called JITEM established within the structure of the Turkish General Staff presidency."

Diyarbakir 3rd High Criminal Court, which tries 11 defendants including some PKK confessors, had asked to the Gendarmerie General Command and General Staff Headquarters "whether or not there is a unit called JITEM, if there is, when it is established, whether or not the persons specified worked for the organization."

In a case being heard by a Diyarbakır court, 11 ex-PKK members who later worked for JITEM, a clandestine gendarmerie intelligence unit said to set up in the late '80s to counter ethnic separatism in the Southeast, have been facing trial for the past 10 years over the deaths of three people killed by JITEM in 1989.


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