'We believe Aygun's innocence on Ergenekon'

A total of 21 people including well-known names like ATO Chairman Sinan Aygunand retired generals have been detained within the scope of Ergenekon investigation on Tuesday.

'We believe Aygun's innocence on Ergenekon'

Head of Turkey's top union of chambers told about the detention of Ankara Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sinan Aygun under "the Ergenekon investigation."

Rifat Hisarciklioglu, chairman of Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), told reporters after the extraordinary meeting of ATO on the issue that they condemned the manner in which Aygun was was treated without any explanations or accusations.

He said they were confident that their colleague would not in any way be engaged in illegal actions.

Hisarciklioglu called on authorities to carry out a transparent and open trial process and warned that otherwise, people would inevitably be victimised.

A total of 21 people including well-known names like ATO Chairman Sinan Aygun, and Cumhuriyet columnist Mustafa Balbay and retired generals have been detained within the scope of Ergenekon investigation on Tuesday.

Police waged operations in several provinces including Ankara and Istanbul and detained 21 people.

Several Turkish figures including retired Gen. Hursit Tolon; Ankara representative of Cumhuriyet daily Mustafa Balbay; chairperson of Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) Sinan Aygun and Kemalist Thought Association (ADD) head retired Gen. Sener Eruygur, were taken into custody.

An alleged criminal network that came to be known as "Ergenekon" was revealed after police seized hand grenades, TNT explosives and fuses in a shanty house in Istanbul on June 12th, 2007 and Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into weapons.

Within the framework of the investigation, a retired non-commissioned officer Oktay Yildirim and owner of the shanty house Mehmet Demirtas were detained. On June 19th, 2007 a retired officer Muzaffer Tekin and retired non-commissioned officer Mahmut Ozturk were arrested.

Forty-five people including retired general Veli Kucuk; Dogu Perincek, the chairman of the Workers' Party; party's secretary general Nusret Senem; lawyer Kemal Kerincsiz; retired officer Fikret Emek; Sevgi Erenerol, the spokesperson of the Turkish Orthodox Patriarchate; "Susurluk case convict" Sami Hostan; associate professors Umit Sayin and Emin Gurses were also arrested.

Former president of Istanbul University Kemal Alemdaroglu and Ilhan Selcuk, the columnist of Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, were detained but later conditionally released .

The prosecutors carrying out the investigation have not yet completed the indictment of the lawsuit which is believed to be concluded soon.

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