Counterterrorism units raided the offices of the Workers' Party (İP) and the Ulusal Kanal TV station, which is known for its connections to the İP, reportedly as part of an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network charged with plotting to overthrow the government.
Police searched İP headquarters in Ankara as well as the home of İP Deputy Chairman Bedri Gültekin and that of Mehmet Perinçek, the son of İP leader Doğu Perinçek, who is currently jailed as a key Ergenekon suspect.
Reports said the home of Ulusal Kanal News Editor Turan Özlü and that of İP İstanbul branch chairman Erkan Önsal were also searched.
The police reportedly acted on claims that the suspects had the transcript of a 2004 phone conversation between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) President Mehmet Ali Talat. The conversation was a cover story for the Aydınlık newsweekly, a publication put out by the İP, in 2009, which suggested that Ergenekon had wiretapped Erdoğan.
Police found recordings of phone conversations Erdoğan had between 1999 and 2004 on a CD seized during a raid of Aydınlık's offices in 2009. There were also recordings of İstanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş; Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek; ministers Ali Babacan, Hilmi Güler, Egemen Bağış and Cemil Çiçek; businessman Remzi Gür; former UN Special Envoy to Cyprus Alvaro De Soto; aide to Prime Minister Erdoğan Cüneyd Zapsu; and journalists Murat Yetkin and Hakan Aygün.
Cihan news agencyLast Mod: 19 Ağustos 2011, 17:58