World Bulletin / News Desk
The chief prosecutor overseeing the Ergenekon case has begun investigating a 2010 video clip featuring former Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal allegedly having an affair with a party deputy as part of the Ergenekon probe, which has recently revealed yet another conspiracy against Baykal.
The video clip was posted online in May of last year, forcing Baykal to resign from his post as a result of mounting criticism. After the emergence of the video clip, Baykal persistently said he was the victim of a conspiracy.
Specially authorized prosecutor Öz will now investigate whether this scandal has links with another plot against the politician, which has recently surfaced. He will investigate whether both conspiracies were plotted by Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network accused of plotting to overthrow the government by creating large-scale chaos in the country.
What prompted the prosecutor to include the Baykal video affair with the Ergenekon case are the latest revelations that have emerged due to a recent operation into the neo-nationalist odatv.com news portal.
Cihan news agency said, a document seized by police from the computer of journalist Soner Yalçın, owner of the portal, shows the journalist was planning a new plot against Baykal, if he stood opposed to the sale of Halk TV. This plan most probably involved publishing a new video clip featuring Baykal. The document read: "If we purchase Halk TV, we will no longer suffer from financial difficulties. [CHP leader Kemal] Kılıçdaroğlu is willing [to sell the station]. We have received all kinds of support, but Baykal stands opposed. We need to overcome the Baykal obstacle. [Use] stage two to persuade him." By stage two the document was most probably referring to a new video clip containing footage of Baykal involved in an affair with a woman.
In what could be seen as a move to implement this plan, claims emerged earlier this month Baykal harassed an Odatv reporter and that the reporter sought to use this incident against the politician with the help of Kılıçdaroğlu. The reporter, İklim Kaleli Bayraktar, was detained earlier this month as part of the probe into Ergenekon but was later released. After an interrogation by civilian prosecutors, Bayraktar publicly said she was sexually harassed by the former CHP leader during an interview in January and that she later sought the support of Kılıçdaroğlu for a plot against Baykal. However, Kılıçdaroğlu reportedly refused to help her but told her that she could do it on her own.
Baykal reportedly thinks that the video clip that forced him to resign and the alleged conspiracy documents seized from Odatv are the work of the same group. However, the Bugün daily reported yesterday the politician does not want the case overseen by a specially authorized prosecutor.
Prosecutor Öz to visit Baykal
Meanwhile, the Yeni Şafak daily reported that prosecutor Öz will share the documents concerning Odatv's alleged plans to conspire against Baykal in a visit he will pay to the politician. Öz recently summoned Baykal and Kılıçdaroğlu to testify about allegations that Baykal had harassed Odatv reporter Bayraktar.
Baykal's lawyer Muzaffer Yılmaz issued a statement and said his client is not thinking about testifying to prosecutors before seeing the documents.
What lies behind the latest conspiracy against Baykal is thought to be Baykal's strong opposition to the sale of Halk TV, which is known for its close ties to the CHP and being administered by a team close to Baykal. The station had received regular funding from the CHP under Baykal's tenure, but Kılıçdaroğlu declined to financially support Halk TV on the grounds that the station was being run by pro-Baykal administrators. Yalçın was allegedly planning to use Halk TV to increase the CHP's popularity in the media before the June 2011 parliamentary elections.
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