Mafia leader testifies in Ergenekon trial

“I don't tell lies. I even inform the person I will kill beforehand,” Çakıcı said.

Mafia leader testifies in Ergenekon trial

World Bulletin / News Desk

A mafia leader serving eight years in prison for heading a criminal gang was brought to the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court on Thursday to testify as a witness in the Ergenekon trial.

Alaattin Çakıcı, arguably the most famous mafia boss in Turkey, who was convicted of “leading an organized crime gang” by an İstanbul court in 2007, testified at the 209th hearing of the trial into Ergenekon, a shadowy crime network which has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government.

The presiding judge in the trial, Hüsnü Çalmuk, asked Çakıcı whether he knew the suspects who are standing trial in the Ergenekon case.

Çakıcı stated he knew İbrahim Şahin, a former senior police officer, and Sedat Peker, a mafia boss.

When asked whether he knew retired Gen. Veli Küçük, a key suspect in the Ergenekon trial, Çakıcı told the judge that he should ask this to Küçük, prompting an angry response from Çalmuk.

The judge told Çakıcı to answer his questions or use his right to remain silent, or else he would not allow him to speak.

“I don't tell lies. I even inform the person I will kill beforehand,” Çakıcı said.

At Thursday's hearing, the court also heard Hadi Özcan, another leader of a criminal gang, as a witness in the Ergenekon case.

Last Mod: 26 Temmuz 2012, 18:01
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