Istanbul court acquits suspects of prostitution in espionage trial

The İstanbul 11th High Criminal Court on Thursday announced its verdict in the 16-month-long trial.

Istanbul court acquits suspects of prostitution in espionage trial

World Bulletin / News Desk

An İstanbul high criminal court on Thursday acquitted all 56 suspects in an ongoing case into an alleged military espionage gang of prostitution and espionage charges, but convicted some of various other charges, including membership in a criminal organization.

The İstanbul 11th High Criminal Court on Thursday announced its verdict in the 16-month-long trial. While the court acquitted all of the suspects of prostitution and military espionage charges, the court handed down prison terms to some of the suspects for other charges.

Rear Adm. Şafak Yürekli was sentenced to two years, seven months and 20 days for aiding and abetting a criminal organization, while retired Col. İbrahim Sezer, who is suspected of leading the gang, was given 11 years on charges of being a member of a criminal organization and obtaining secret documents.

A 250-page-long indictment in the case mentioned 56 suspects, including Sezer, who are suspected of having established or helping to establish a prostitution ring to extract vital state security secrets by blackmailing high-ranking officers and senior bureaucrats for the purpose of selling classified information to foreign intelligence services.

The court also found Yücel Çipli, who previously served as the head of a department at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), guilty of aiding and abetting a criminal organization.

The espionage gang nested within the navy was discovered in 2011.

Last Mod: 02 Ağustos 2012, 17:20
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