World Bulletin/News Desk
Levent Temiz, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for involvement in the clandestine Ergenekon organization, was arrested by Bulgarian security forces on Aug. 8 while attempting to enter Bulgaria with a fake ID.
Temiz, a former chairman of an ultranationalist youth organization -- known as “Ülkü Ocakları” (Nationalist Hearths) and affiliated with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) -- was detained in 2009 as part of an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine group recently convicted of attempting to overthrow the government. Temiz was later released pending trial.
On Aug. 5, when the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court announced its verdict in the Ergenekon trial, Temiz was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The court issued a warrant for his arrest in the last hearing of the trial.
According to the Türkiye daily, Temiz was arrested by Bulgarian security forces while trying to enter the country with a fake ID bearing the name Ayhan Coşkun. The daily reported on Tuesday that Temiz had applied to Bulgarian authorities for political asylum, but that his request was denied. Temiz is now being held in Bulgaria, and Turkish officials are in contact with their counterparts there regarding his extradition to Turkey.
On the day of the Ergenekon verdict, Aug. 5, Temiz tweeted, “May the country survive.”
The Ergenekon trial, which began with the discovery of a large number of explosives and weapons in a district of İstanbul in 2008, ended last Monday. Nineteen defendants, mostly retired army top brass, received life sentences for attempting to stage a coup. The court sentenced a former chief of the General Staff to life without parole and handed down heavy sentences to nearly 300 defendants, including many former military commanders.Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2013, 17:15