Turkish army says Special Forces Command not an illegal structure

The TSK's statement came in response to news reports in the Turkish media including accusations directed at the ÖKK, saying that it is involved in illegal activities.

Turkish army says Special Forces Command not an illegal structure

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) released a statement on Friday saying that the Special Forces Command (ÖKK) is not an illegal structure and its activities are in line with the law.

The TSK's statement came in response to news reports in the Turkish media including accusations directed at the ÖKK, saying that it is involved in illegal activities.

The statement said such claims concerning TSK personnel have come to the point of affecting the TSK institutionally.

The TSK said the accusations against the ÖKK have their roots in certain anonymous letters were submitted to relevant state authorities by the then-undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).

According to the statement, an investigation was launched into the allegations at the time and prosecutors found no grounds for legal action.

“Showing the Special Forces Command as a crime organization based on some accusations which were investigated in the past is an injustice to our personnel, mainly martyrs and veterans, who perform their jobs under difficult circumstances and away from their families in most of their lives,” the statement said.

Six letters -- 287 pages in total -- were sent to MİT between 2007 and 2008 and have recently been forwarded to the parliamentary Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission for examination. The letters contain information on alleged illegal activities of groups set up within the General Staff such as the Special Warfare Department (ÖHD), the Tactical Mobilization Group (STK), the ÖKK and the Wartime Search and Rescue Unit (MAK), which is affiliated with the latter. The letters are believed to have been written by authorities who obtained confidential documents pertaining to these clandestine groups. The documents also contain information about the activities of the ÖKK, which is believed to have prepared an action plan consisting of 26 articles aimed at undermining the democratically elected government.

Last Mod: 15 Şubat 2013, 16:27
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