The Ergenekon case is still shaking Turkey. Most recently, the visit paid on behalf of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) by Kocaeli Garrison Commander Lt. Gen. Galip Mendi to retired generals Şener Eruygur and Hurşit Tolon, who are being held in Kandıra Prison in connection with the case, has added a new dimension to the issue.
Freshly appointed Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ is not aware of the grave mistake he made. I am talking about the “prison visit” that made its impression on the debates of the last week.
Just think: Two retired military generals are arrested and imprisoned on charges that they are members – leaders, in fact — of a terrorist group that attempted to stage a coup in opposition to the constitutional order.
Lt. Gen. Galip Mendi’s visit in the name of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to two incarcerated retired generals has left its imprint on the nation.
A visit "in the name of the TSK" to two retired generals being held in connection with the Ergenekon case has been announced. But why "in TSK’s name"?
A visit paid on Wednesday by a member of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), Kocaeli Garrison Commander Lt. Gen. Galip Mendi, to two suspects in the Ergenekon terrorist organization case, retired Gen. Şener Eruygur and retired Gen. Hurşit Tolon, who have been under arrest since July for alleged involvement in the Ergenekon gang, has been met with much amazement and skepticism in the Turkish media over the message the TSK meant to give.
The visit that was paid to retired generals Şener Eruygur and Hurşit Tolon, who are being held under arrest as part of the Ergenekon investigation, in the name of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will be discussed a great deal.
BUGÜN: Strange visit, read the daily’s lead headline yesterday, referring to Kocaeli Garrison Commander Lt. Gen. Galip Mendi visiting two suspects in the Ergenekon terrorist organization case, retired Gen. Şener Eruygur and retired Gen. Hurşit Tolon, in the Kandıra F-type prison.
The Turkish military headquarters on Wednesday signed off on one more incomprehensible move.
Yes, and this, too, has actually happened. Kocaeli Garrison Commander Lt. Gen. Galip Mendi paid a visit to retired military generals Şener Eruygur and Hurşit Tolon, both of whom are currently imprisoned in Kandıra Prison.
During their handover ceremonies last week, the military once again did some things to which we have become accustomed: Just as occurs every August, they acted upon their own definition of the Turkish constitutional order, issuing notifications to the Turkish president, parliament speaker and prime minister in a dictatorial tone.
The question of whether European Union officialdom has taken sides in the ongoing clash between "secularists" and "Islamists" in Turkey is of profound current concern. Many in the first camp seem to believe so, citing as evidence the way that one EU representative after another dismissed the grounds of the indictment denouncing Turkey’s ruling Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice & Development Party / AKP) as the "focal point for anti-secular activities." Europe seems to have become, according to some of these secularists, the great co-conspirator in Turkey against secularism – the very European value the founders of the Republic sought so passionately to affirm.
New Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ made a flash visit to Diyarbakır yesterday and held meetings with local nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs. TDN learned that the
Three important events took place on Wednesday, producing three different and indeed extremely important messages in one day.The first and perhaps the most important development was in the banner headlines of both the pro-government media newspapers as well as the mainstream media and hard-core anti-government publications on Thursday, and naturally the lead story on all TV news bulletins.Two top retired generals, Şener Eruygur and Hurşit Tolon, were detained on the first day of last July in military compounds. Later the two former four-star generals were subjected to a detailed questioning and were arrested by a court in connection with the so-called Ergenekon gang probe. They are not yet
|The Turkish General
Staff declared yesterday that a visit by Lt. Gen. Galip Mendi to two former army personnel, retired Gen. Şener Eruygur and retired Gen. Hurşit Tolon, under arrest for alleged involvement with the Ergenekon terrorist organization, was made in the name of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).
The Ergenekon case was heralded as the end of “deep-state” organizations that undermine democracy through an ultra-nationalist violent agenda. However, Ankara may run into serious
|Mehmet Ali KIŞLALI