ISTANBUL – TDN with wire dispatches
A lawyer for a suspect in the Ergenekon investigation has made a criminal complaint against Tuncay Güney, a former journalist who is allegedly living in Canada as a rabbi, and demanded Interpol issue a search warrant against him, news agencies reported yesterday.
Vural Ergül, the lawyer for imprisoned journalist Vedat Yenerer, also demanded the cancellation of the Ergenekon indictment, which was presented to the court last week. Ergül demanded that the indictment be rewritten following testimony by Güney, which he claimed would affect the allegations against his client. Güney, who allegedly led to the start of the Ergenekon investigation because of documents he possessed about the gang, has not testified for 13 months, Ergül highlighted in his compliant. Güney had said that he wrote the founding document of Ergenekon, Ergül stated in a report by private CNNTürk news channel.
Güney's address in Canada was in the complaint as well, NTV news site reported. Güney lives in Canada, where he goes by the name of �Daniel Levi� or �Daniel Güney.�
Meanwhile the opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, submitted a parliamentary statement about Güney that said he had talked on a TV program and showed the original versions of testimonies of a political leader and a retired general. One other person in the central Anatolian province of Kütahya was also arrested as part of the Ergenekon investigation and brought to Istanbul.
The Ergenekon case started after the discovery of 27 hand grenades on June 12, 2007 in a shanty house office in Istanbul's Ümraniye district that belonged to a retired noncommissioned officer. The grenades were found to be the same ones used in the attacks on Cumhuriyet daily's Istanbul offices in 2006.
The findings led to scores of detentions, putting more than 100 journalists, writers, gang leaders and politicians under interrogation in what turned into a terror investigation that seeks to crack down on an allegedly ultra-nationalist gang called Ergenekon. The gang sought to topple the government by staging a coup in 2009 by spreading chaos and mayhem.