ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
The Ergenekon case, which rocked the country with police raids and arrests, enters a new stage today as Istanbul's chief prosecutor is expected to reveal the long-awaited indictment.
Chief Public Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin will make a declaration today on the Ergenekon case's indictment, but he said he would not disclose information about its content. The country's newspapers have suggested it includes information on three coup attempts and a fourth one planned by an organization named the �Republican Working Group.�
The Istanbul Prosecutor's Office finished the 2,455 page-long indictment a year and a month after the investigation began. Prosecutors Zekeriya Öz, Mehmet Pekgüzel and Nihat Taşkın prepared the indictment and Öz delivered the completed file to Engin. The document includes names of 48 arrested people, among them retired Brig. Gen. Veli Küçük and Workers' Party, or İP, leader Doğu Perinçek, and 85 suspects. It also contains names of 20 witnesses that were kept anonymous as a measure of protection, newspapers claimed yesterday.
�Gang poised to spark chaos':
Details on the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink and an armed assault on the Council of State are included in the indictment, with the assault covered in 60 pages. The two cases were referred to as actions aimed at sparking chaos in the country.
Engin said today's announcement on the case would address the indictment's form and that he would not give information on suspects at large nor clarify exactly who is charged with what. He will inform the public on the number of detainees, people under arrest and accusations in general. A publication ban and secrecy on the content of the indictment will last until a court officially accepts the case. Prosecutors will not stop after submission of the indictment, however, as they will open a new file for suspects still monitored by wiretaps.
The indictment also includes information on alleged meetings and seminars of Küçük, Perinçek, spokeswoman of the Turkish Orthodox Patriarchate Sevgi Erenerol, Great Jurists Association Chairman Kemal Kerinçsiz and the organized crime network leader Sedat Peker, outside the country.
Files of generals separated
An additional indictment will be prepared for retired generals, Şener Eruygur and Hurşit Tolon.
Tolon, former first army commander, is the head of the Atatürk Thought Association, or ADD, whereas Eruygur was the gendarmerie commander. Tolon's name is often mentioned in connection with alleged attempts to wreak havoc in the country to prepare suitable ground for the ruling Justice and Development Party's, or AKP, forcible removal from power.
The latest wave of arrests included Ankara Chamber of Commerce, or ATO, Chairman Sinan Aygün.
The indictment is one of the longest witnessed in Turkish history, as its content is divided under 40 headings and its 400 file-long annexes filled up three DVDs. Accusations against some high profile figures arrested in Ergenekon operations are as much as 150 pages long.
The Ergenekon case started after the discovery of 27 hand grenades in a shanty house that belonged to a retired noncommissioned officer in Istanbul's Ümraniye district on June 12, 2007.
Following the announcement of the Ergenekon indictment, the Court for Serious Crimes, which is in summer recess, will determine which court will hear the case and convey the dossier and its annexes. The designated court will decide in 15 days whether to accept the case or send the indictment back to prosecutors highlighting any deficiencies. Once the court agrees to hear the case it will set a trial date.