Court adjourns Atabeyler trial due to non-delivery of Ergenekon file

June 19, 2008, Thursday/ 21:07:00
The Ankara 11th High Criminal Court adjourned the trial of 10 members of an organized crime group known as Atabeyler as a requested file on the Ergenekon gang, a criminal network believed to have been carrying out preparations to overthrow the government, was not submitted to the court, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.
The court had requested the file on Ergenekon in April from the İstanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office to examine possible links between the two groups. The trial was adjourned yesterday as the requested file was not yet submitted; Anatolia did not state until when the trial was adjourned.

The Atabeyler gang was uncovered in a police operation in the Eryaman district of Ankara in 2005.

Five of the 10 suspected members of the gang, namely Murat Eren, Yakup Yayla, Erkut Taş, Yasin Yaman and Yunis Akkaya, may be sentenced to prison terms of between seven and 24 years for “cooperating with the aim of preventing the Republic of Turkey from fulfilling its duties.” Four other suspects, Mustafa Raşit Çavdar, Cemal Hasan Özdeş, İsmail Bilici and Mehmet Karatepe, may face prison terms of between three and 12 years in accordance with Article 416 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) on membership in a criminal gang that plans to distort the constitutional order of the country, while the last suspect, Suat Kıy, may be sentenced to six years of prison for contributing to the establishment of a criminal organization. 

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