Turkey’s former Chief of Staff, Ilker Basbug, was imprisoned within the scope of the Ergenekon Trials, which are widely considered a result of a joint operation and de-facto coup d’état by the Pentagon, CIA, Mossad, the Gülenist Organization and parts of P.M. Erdogan’s AKP government.
nsnbc : Turkey’s Aydinlik Daily reports that General Ilker Basbug was released from Silivri Prison on Friday evening after a unanimous decision by Istanbul’s 20th Court for Severe Crimes and Punishment. Basbug has been held in prison since 6 January 2012, when he was arrested within the scope of the controversial Ergenekon Trial.
Basbug, who was met at his release by the Chairman of Turkey’s Bar Association, Dr. metin Fezioglu and other dignitaries, as well as by his family, said at his release “I salute you all with love and respect”, reports AD. Basbug noted that those who acted with hatred and revenge had stolen 26 months of his life, but that the Turkish people understood the weakness of the claims and allegations brought against him and the Turkish nation. Basbug stressed that he never participated in plotting any coup, and that these allegations against the Chief of Staff had been intolerable.
Basbug recognized the fact that he was released was due to the love and support shown to him by the noble Turkish people, and that his heart is reaching out to his friends in Silivri Prison, Hasdal, Sincam and Maltepem who are innocent just like he is, hoping that they could taste freedom within a very short time too. Basbug added, that unless the others who were arrested under false claims and charges will be released too, his release and his freedom would be devoid of importance or meaning, reports Aydinlik Daily, quoting Basbug as saying:
“However innocent I am, there are those who I left behind, Tuncer Kılınç, Hurşit Tolon, Bilgin Balanlı, Hasan Iğsız… and on the other hand the Tuncay Özkans and Doğu Perinçeks who are as innocent as me. The hearts and hands of all of my friends are clean. I express this on behalf of all of my comrades. The sole desire we have is justice! And we will of course be close followers of the realization of this justice.”
“When I say justice, I want to ask these questions: Who planned the project to create an imaginary Ergenekon Terror Organization with the act of a number of hand-grenades found in Ümraniye? Who had implemented this. If the Republic of Turkey is to again be a state of law, the answers to these questions must be found. Those who created and implemented these projects must be brought to justice through a just trial. We will pursue this.”
Basbug addressed those behind the Ergenekon plot with the rhetorical question whether they didn’t have any respect for Allah, adding that the Turkish Republic sank into a pit, together with the Specially Authorized Courts and their decisions. Basbug said that he would not know how they would be able to escape from that pit, but added that ending these courts was a large step in the right direction.
The retired Chief of Staff and full general stressed that the Turkish Republic is going through one of its most critical periods of its history, and added that he hopes that the Constitutional Court will play an important role in successfully returning Turkey to democracy.
Ch/L – nsnbc 08.03.2014