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    Former MIT members to be investigated

    Hürriyet Haber
    20 Ekim 2005 - 11:09Son Güncelleme : 20 Ekim 2005 - 11:09

    Former members of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) are expected to be investigated by the Ankara chief prosecutor's office for an attempted assassination following a decision made by the Council of State to abolish such a ruling, reported the Anatolian news agency. Two former undersecretaries and two other MIT employees are accused of an alleged attempt to assassinate Labor Party leader Doğu Perinçek.

    It said the Council of State transferred the complaint made by Perinçek after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan abolished the ruling at the Council of State.

    According to Anatolia, Perinçek had initially filed his complaint to the chief prosecutor's office, claiming that former MIT Undersecretaries Sönmez Köksal and Şenkal Atasagun, along with the organization's Mehmet Eymür and Kaşif Kozinoğlu, were involved in an alleged attempt to assassinate him in 2002.

    A decision was made by Erdoğan in April not to give permission for an investigation into the four MIT officials according to Article 26 of the organization's legal regulations. However, Perinçek's lawyers objected to the decision and appealed to the Council of State, which then ruled that the investigation of MIT officials were subject to the prime minister's permission only for crimes that they committed while on duty.

    It ruled that Perinçek's complaint could not be evaluated on this basis and sent the complaint to the chief prosecutor's office, it said. The agency gave no further details.

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