ISTANBUL – TDN with wire dispatches
The Ergenekon gang also planned to kill retired Gen. Şener Eruygur, who is still in custody as part of the Ergenekon investigation, daily Milliyet reported yesterday.
Among the names the gang is alleged to have on its hit list are prominent names from every corner of society including those of foreigners. Joost Lagendijk, the co-chairman of the joint parliamentary commission of the Turkish and European parliaments and U.S. Ambassador to Ankara Ross Wilson are on the gang's assassination list along with former presidents, Süleyman Demirel and Ahmet Necdet Sezer, as well as Deniz Baykal, the leader of the opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, according to the Ergenekon indictment. Osman Yıldırım, who was sentenced to life in prison for the attack on the Council of State in 2006, gave prosecutors a list in April containing the names of those the Ergenekon gang was planning to murder. Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk, former heads of the Higher Education Board, Kemal Gürüz and Erdoğan Teziç, businessman Bülent Eczacıbaşı, journalists Ruhat Mengi and Bekir Coşkun who are known for their Kemalist stance, CHP deputy Kemal Anadol, Türkan Saylan, head of the Association to Support Modern Life, or ÇYDD, and Vural Savaş, the former chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals are on the list as well. Yıldırım also said the gang planned to organize attacks on the patriarchates.
The convicted Yıldırım said in his testimony that he was dealing with mafia work and had nothing to do with the regime. �Due to personal interest, I made [the convicts] attack the daily Cumhuriyet building twice, for work subcontracted to me by Veli Küçük. Before the attacks I took two hand grenades from Küçük. Alparslan Arslan [convicted of the attacks against the Council of State and the Cumhuriyet building] was there, too. I gave him a bomb too,� he said.