Gülen's fingerprints in Turkey’s failed coup

Turkish government will send foreign and justice ministers to the US in the coming days to demand Fethullah Gülen's extradition. The ministers will take with them a file which will include evidence regarding Gülen's role in the July 15th failed coup. The content of the file is yet to be known. However, the data released to the public within the past week contain many aspects that reveal "Pennsylvania's connection" with the coup.

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1. Police officers wanted were found among putschist soldiers

The first sign of "Gülen's connection" with the coup came from the streets on the night of the coup attempt: Among the ones, who participated in the coup attempt along with the putschist soldiers, were 'police officers who were prosecuted as part of the investigations regarding the Gülen's organization's parallel structure but could not be found'. One of those under prosecution, former police chief, Mithat Aynacı was captured in an armoured vehicle in front of the Istanbul Police Department. The fugitive police chief was in military camouflage when he was caught.

Arrested police chief: I have sympathy for Gülen

There were other police chiefs among putschists that night as well. Wanted former police chiefs Lokman Kırcalı and Gürsel Aktepe were among the soldiers captured in front of the Ankara Police Department. In his statement, Gürsel Aktepe said he has sympathy for Fethullah Gülen, adding that 'he had gone to the US on a mission as part of his career, that he had stayed in Gülen's house for two days there and attended his conversation gatherings'. Stating that he received a monthly financial support of  4,500 Turkish liras after he was be ostracized from profession, Aktepe said that on the night of the coup he received a message telling 'everyone to go to their former places of duty' and so he went to the front of the Ankara Police Department.

Aktepe said "It is impossible for the coup attempt on the night of July 15th to have taken place without the knowledge and order of the top leader of this organization, Fethullah Gülen".

2. Confessions of Akar's aide, Lieutenant Colonel Levent Türkkan

One of the most important developments, which reveals Gülen's connection with the coup, took place within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Statements by the Chief of General Staff Hulûsi Akar's aide, Lieutenant Colonel Levent Türkkan have once again exposed this connection. Türkkan was the leader of the group which detained the Chief of General Staff that night.

"I have an 'older brother' in charge of me"

Türkkan, who names himself a member of the Gülen organization, said that there was an "older brother" named Murat who was in charge of him. Adding that he was the child of a poor family and met with Gülen organization's older brothers while he was at junior high school, Türkkan also said he had been given the exam questions before he entered the Işıklar Military High School's admission exams in 1989.

He also told that while he was serving as the Assistant Adjutant of the former Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel, he planted a bugging device, "which Brother Murat gave him", in Özel's room.

3. Brigadier General Sağır: I had served the [Gülen] organization for 10 years

Another statement revealing the Gülen organization's connection with the coup came from a brigadier general. Commander of the 5th Infantry Training Brigade in Sivas and Garrison Commander Brigadier General Fatih Celaleddin Sağır, confessed his connection with the Gülen organization.

In his statement, Sağır said "I had been going to the [Gülen organization's] houses and and dormitories between 1988-1992, attending all their gatherings. I had served the Gülen organization for 10 years. After 2007, especially with the Sledgehammer and Ergenekon operations, I started to move away. I suspended my relationship with them."

4. General 'arrested' on charges related to the Turkish intelligence agency trucks incident is on the tasking list

One of the most notable information exposing the Gülen organization's connection with the coup attempt was a name on the putschists' tasking list.

That name, which the public had already been familiar with, was Brigadier General Hamza Celepoğlu. Although he is currently in prison as part of a case regarding the stop-and-search of Turkish intelligence agency trucks, Celepoğlu was on the junta's 'tasking list'. Next to his name it says ' Gendarmerie General Command, Department of Inspection" as his post-coup place of duty. The indictment prepared against him stated that Celepoğlu "was acting as part of the Gülen organization', which reveals 'Gülen's connection' not only with the coup attempt, but also with the stopping of the Turkish intelligence agency trucks.

5. Proposal to Hulûsi Akar

One of the most striking information about 'Pennsylvania's connection' with the coup can be found in Chief of General Staff Hulûsi Akar's statement. According to the statement Akar gave to the prosecutor, the putschists asked him to sign the coup declaration that night and told him 'I you want, we can get you in touch with our opinion leader, Fethullah Gülen". In his statement, Akar said the person who made this proposal to him was Brigadier General Hakan Evrim, the commander of the Akinci Air Base , the command center of the attempted coup.


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