Parliament scene of debates on Ergenekon .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANKARA - The recent detainees of the Ergenekon case have created controversy among opposition parties in Parliament.

The move led to a verbal duel between the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and the main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP. Recalling CHP leader Deniz Baykal’s remarks that the Ergenekon case was a way of taking revenge against the Republic’s core values, Ergün said, "Such claims cannot hide the murders, the chaos sought to be created and illegal activities in the country. It is worrisome to say this, but Baykal has panicked since the Ergenekon case developments, ignoring judicial independence and the rule of law."

He said nobody had the right to liken today’s Turkey to the pre- and post- periods of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran's late leader, and to fascist Germany before and after Hitler. "What made you [Baykal] go into a panic? Or are you afraid of being infected by the Ergenekon virus as well? Is it the Ergenekon case and some important meetings you made with Ergenekon suspects that disturbs you? If it is, the course of events is not so good."

CHP and DSP react
A harsh reaction came from CHP’s Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu who said Ergenekon was a blow to the law.

"Why it is so? Because if the prosecutor of a case is the prime minister of a country then it shows the laws do not work in that country. The prime minister himself confessed it. The AKP kicked off a battle against the Republic and democracy by using the judiciary. There cannot be such a thing in democracies. As our leader said, the AKP gradually began to demonstrate a way of ruling, a regime moving toward Khomeini and Hitler," he said.

Tayfun İçli of the Democratic Left Party, or DSP, said the nature of separatist and unprogressive attacks in Turkey had been transformed. The attacks are aimed at greater targets now aside from targeting the lives of our security officers and citizens. "The target is now the democratic regime, the secular state and the rule of law," he said.