National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, who was this week summoned by a prosecutor to testify in an ongoing probe into a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) affiliated organization, has arrived at the Çankaya presidential palace for a meeting with President Abdullah Gül.
İstanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Fikret Seçen on Wednesday said MİT Undersecretary Fidan, his predecessor Emre Taner and MİT Deputy Undersecretary Afet Güneş were summoned to testify in the ongoing investigation into the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), which Turkish prosecutors say is a group that controls the PKK and other affiliated groups. Reports said the three became suspects following recently disclosed talks they had with members of the PKK in Oslo.
Seçen has said the three were summoned to deliver their testimonies over the phone, adding that they were invited to the Beşiktaş Courthouse on Thursday. However, he refused to respond to questions on whether the three were suspects in the case or not.
An almost 50-minute-long voice recording was leaked late last year, which revealed that Fidan had attended a meeting with the PKK in Oslo as the “special envoy of Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan.” At the time, Fidan was serving as deputy undersecretary at the Prime Ministry and had not yet been appointed head of MİT.
Deputy Undersecretary Güneş represented the intelligence organization at the meeting. Senior PKK leaders Mustafa Karasu, Sabit Ok and Zübeyr Aydar met with government representatives under the mediation of a representative from an unknown “coordinator country.”
The KCK investigation, in which Fidan and two others will testify, started in December 2009, and a large number of Kurdish politicians, including several mayors from the BDP, have been detained. The suspects are accused of various crimes, including membership in a terrorist organization, aiding and abetting a terrorist organization and attempting to destroy the country's unity and integrity. BDP officials have said the investigation is the government's way of suppressing BDP politicians, denying any links between the suspects and any terrorist organizations.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 09 Şubat 2012, 16:03