Başkent University Hospital -- part of Başkent University and founded by its rector, Mehmet Haberal, who is a defendant in the trial of Ergenekon, a clandestine gang whose members include civilians and former and active duty military officers accused of having plotted to overthrow the government -- has been handing out copies of a book written by Haberal free of charge to its patients.
According to a report that appeared in the Akşam daily yesterday, Haberal’s book – the text of his testimony delivered in court – is being handed out to patients as promotional material. It is titled “Sözlü Silivri Savunması: Suçum ne?” (The Oral Silivri Defense: What Is My Offense?) Haberal delivered his testimony to the court via video-conferencing while in his hospital bed at the İstanbul University Cardiology Institute. The book is also being distributed to patients in the Health Application and Research Center, which belongs to Başkent University in İstanbul’s Üsküdar district. Akşam reported the book was presented to patients along with the doctor’s prescription following doctor visits. The cover notes on the book define it as “a scientific study by a scientist seeking to find out what his crime is.” It was published in May of last year under the editorial supervision of Mete Akyol, who is the editor-in-chief of the Bütün Dünya (The Entire World) magazine.