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Apparent consensus among Turkey's political party leaders in the Ergenekon case

I followed the parliamentary group meetings of Turkey's three leading parties yesterday and read the text of each of the leader's speeches.

Haberin Devamı

All three leaders made some very correct statements in their speeches.

Prime Minister Erdogan said:

“Regardless of the institution to which they are a member, anyone who did something or asked another to do something, should face the consequences.”

Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, said:

"The fair trial process of the so called Ergenekon case, which will remove the shadow, if it exists, over our democracy and discover those responsible, is an important development that should be taken seriously."

And isn’t Deniz Baykal, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, right in saying: "While the Ergenekon case on one hand is against those who are members of criminal organizations, on the other hand, it is against men of law, intellectuals, and commanders, who have no relationship with these people, moreover who have struggled against them. For some reason or other, these two camps are standing together in each wave of detainments."

Haberin Devamı

We are standing at the parting of the ways in the Ergenekon incident.

Turkey would make significant progress on the path to being a country that depends on the rule of law if this case is continued and finalized based on serious evidence and without being affected by the ruling power and the sense of revenge coming from marginal media sources.


But, if instead of implementing these principles and being a state based on the rule of law, we continue with the uncontrolled tapping, the information leaks and the practices of the past 1-1/2 years that happen outside of this rule, then we become a police state.


At this point, to those who complain of "military guardianship", I say; police guardianship is no less dangerous.

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Despite the inevitable polemics in politics and the conflicts, there was a serious consensus in parliament yesterday.

Haberin Devamı


All sincerely desire that any group, which is illegally organized and hides weapons at several locations with dark intentions, if it exists, should be exposed.


But peace in Turkey can not be established, if the mentality of wanting to toss the heads of disliked intellectuals, businessmen, journalists and men of law into the holes where the weapons were discovered, dominates the process.


Because every act of revenge, only gives birth to further acts of revenge.  


In a volatile society in which everybody secretly listens to each other, only dark souls could benefit from such chaos.


There is another issue in addition to all these.


Of course, on the sensitive issue of the Deniz Feneri e.V case, the country expects that Prime Minister Erdogan and the Turkish rule of law would want to be more convincing than in the Ergenekon issue, and show the same bravery, sincerity and speed in solving this claim.

Haberin Devamı


After watching events unfold, from sketches found in the morning, to weapons discovered in the evening, it will be difficult to explain the reason why after four months no request has been made for the case file from Germany.


In other words, the prime minister's statement, "Regardless of the institution to which they are a member, anyone who did something or asked another to do something, should face the consequences," will count for nothing if the two different perceptions of the law demonstrate that anyone is a target in the Ergenekon case but not any one can be touched in the Deniz Fener case.






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