During yesterday's 4 hour meeting, YOK chairman Professor Erdogan Tezic said that "supporting Rector Askin is the same as supporting the Republic of Turkey, " and condemned the arrest of the Van University rector as being a particular blow to Turkey at a time when the country has embarked on EU accession talks.
Van University influenced by presence of religious sects?
There have been accusations coming from Professor Askin's supporters that his arrest is a result of a struggle between forces for secularity and more religious factions at the university. These accusations were supported yesterday by YOK president Tezic, who said "Askin's arrest is the result of the deeply rooted religious sects at the university. But the responsibility for researching this subject falls on the press, not on me. I have no time to gather evidence and do the research; this is a job for the press."