Prominent names detained in Turkey's Ergenekon probe

Over a hundred prominant Turks, including former judges, high ranking militiary officicals, academics and members of the media, have been detained or questioned in Turkey's controversial Ergenekon probe. Here are some of the well-known names from the latest wave of the investigation.

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Kanadoglu, Turkey's former chief prosecutor, had submitted the additional indictment in the closure case against the Islamist-rooted Virtue Party. He also later filed a closure case against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) ahead of the 2002 elections. Kanadoglu is known as the architect of the legal formula that prevented Abdullah Gul from being elected president in 2007, which later prompted a referendum.

Dalan, a former Istanbul mayor from Turkey's right wing Motherland Party, was also one of the party's founders. After his term as mayor ended, he left his former party and founded the Democratic Central Party, but failed to be reelected. His party later merged with the True Path Party and he was elected as deputy in the country’s 1991 general elections.

After his tenure in parliament, he established the Istanbul Educational and Cultural Foundation (ISTEK), which owns several schools throughout Turkey. The well-known, Istanbul based Yeditepe University is among the institutions owned by the foundation.

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Dalan is claimed to have close relations with Retired General Hursit Tolon, who was previously arrested as part of the Ergenekon investigation.

Tuncer Kilinc, the former General-Secretary of the National Security Council (MGK), was a member of this council during the military's intervention into rising political Islam in Turkish politics in 1997. Kilinc came into spotlight both during and after his term, and has been vocal in saying that the country could see a new "February 28 Processes" if the rise of political Islam continues.

A known anti-government journalist and writer, Prof. Yalcin Kucuk, has been criticizing the AKP government's actions, adopting an even harsher tone after the Ergenekon investigation was launched.

Yalcin Kücuk, who was also a former member of the socialist rooted Turkish Labor Party, was expelled from the party in late 1970s. He was part of efforts to organize intellectuals to take a stand against the 1980 military coup administration in Turkey. He spent a number of year’s in France before returning to Turkey in 1998 following the February 28 Process. Kucık conducted an interview with the leader of the terrorist PKK organization in 1993 and presented a TV program on pro-PKK television. He spent two years behind bars charged with disseminating Kurdish propaganda following his return to Turkey.

Former head of the Higher Education Board (YOK), Kemal Guruz, who chaired this post two terms, is also know for his Kemalist stance.

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Ibrahim Sahin, the chair of the Turkish Special Forces, was tried in Turkey’s infamous Susurluk case that became one of the most crucial scandals in Turkish political history, uncovering the mysterious relationship between the country’s mafia, police and political figures.

Former military commander and retired general, Kemal Yavuz, has been criticizing the current government's actions on local television programs. Yavuz had co-hosted a program with journalist Tuncay Ozkan, who was earlier detained in the Ergenekon operation, on a private network that was one of the fiercest opponents of the ruling AKP and which was formerly owned by Ozkan.

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Erdal Senel, a retired general and a former law consultant for the Chief of Military Staff, was claimed to be in connection with the Ergenekon organization following a statement regarding Tanju Guvendiren, a member of military court of appeals, who was previously detained and later released in the investigation.


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