Δευτέρα, 19 Ιουλίου 2010

Military investigation ongoing about cooperation claims with PKK

The military is investigating allegations that two high-level soldiers cooperated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, to disrupt unmanned surveillance planes and stop them from determining PKK targets and hitting them, said Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül in an interview with daily Taraf on Saturday. The allegations were first published by daily Bugün on Thursday. The daily reported that Lt. Fırat Ç. called from his cell phone Lt. Col. Selim Selçuk Ç., both pilots, and said, “Our men [PKK members] gave many casualties.
Either crash Herons or change their coordinates.” “We will deal with it,” Selçuk Ç. was alleged to say. The conversation was tapped by the National Intelligence Organization, or MİT.   Upon an MİT report, Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ ordered military prosecutors to investigate. However, the names of the two soldiers were also mentioned in the ongoing Ergenekon investigation and the dossier about two soldiers was also sent to Air Military Judge Col. Zeki Üçok. There were no developments in the investigation against the two soldiers for two and half years. Defense Minister Gönül told Taraf that the delay was due to a conflict of authority about who should handle the case. Gönül did not deny the allegations and said, “Everyone would give accounts.” Gönül said the conflict of authority was solved by the Justice Ministry prior to media reports about the allegations.

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