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    Ergenekon prosecutors target ex-deputy’s papers

    Hürriyet Daily News
    29.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    ANKARA - Police yesterday found documents Ğ some of which were burnt Ğ in a villa in Ankara’s Gölbaşi district that they believe might be linked to the Ergenekon case. But a political party deputy who claims the files are his says they are not criminal and that he has no connections to the alleged gang. True Path Party, or DYP, deputy Salih Çelen, said the villa belongs to his friend but that the documents belong to him. Police found the papers at a villa owned by Z.B., a lawyer.

    Çelen, who is also the president of Zübeyde Hanım Martyrs’ Mothers’ Association, said the documents are related to the association. "I have stored the documents at my friend’s villa in order not to pay rent," Çelen said. "I handed over some of the documents to my staff to be destroyed. But I do not know where they burned them," Çelen said. "The documents at the villa are the important ones, while the burnt ones are unimportant. I used to preserve them at two different offices in Ankara, for which I paid rent for seven years. In order not to pay rent, I have taken the important ones to the villa." The former deputy denied the claims against him that he has hidden documents and ammunition in the villa.

    He likewise rejected accusations that he serves retired Gen. Veli Küçük, under arrest as one of Ergenekon case’s chief suspects.

    "I do not know Veli Küçük and have never met with him in my life," Çelen told reporters. "All the documents here belong to me. There are no documents that have a criminal element."

    Regarding the burnt documents, which police found last week in the same area, Çelen said he instructed his men to burn the documents, claiming that they are not important. The burnt documents included a draft Constitution and some papers related to DYP leader Tansu Çiller’s term in the Prime Ministry between 1993 and 1996.

    Some of the documents found at the villa will be sent to the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office, which is carrying out the Ergenekon investigation, authorities said.


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