Kozinoğlu kept tabs on MİT’s Fidan, and family, daily claims

March 09, 2011, Wednesday/ 17:21:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Former National Intelligence Organization (MİT) official Kaşif Kozinoğlu kept tabs on MİT Undersecretary Hakan Fidan and his family and shared this information with the owner of the neo-nationalist Odatv news portal, Soner Yalçın who is currently under arrest, according to the Taraf daily.

The İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court issued a detention warrant for Kozinoğlu last week as part of an ongoing investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal group accused of working to overthrow the government. Kozinoğlu is accused of membership in Ergenekon. He is reported to be abroad.

Taraf reported on Tuesday that police seized a large number of documents at Kozinoğlu’s home and office during a raid last week. The documents included pieces of detailed personal information about Fidan and his family. The documents also showed whom Fidan regularly met with and the home addresses of his close friends. Photographs of Fidan and his family were also among the documents seized from Kozinoğlu’s home and office. The documents were reportedly prepared shortly before Fidan was appointed MİT’s undersecretary last year. Fidan served in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as a noncommissioned officer for 15 years between 1986 and 2001. During his time in the military, he also worked at NATO’s German-based Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). He later resigned from the military and worked as a political and economic consultant.

Civilian prosecutors involved in the Ergenekon investigation are now focused on finding out why Kozinoğlu prepared the documents and shared them with Yalçın. Yalçın was arrested last month on charges of membership in Ergenekon and seizing and publishing confidential state documents. Taraf also alleged that Kozinoğlu is expected to return to Turkey on Thursday at the latest to testify to Ergenekon prosecutors as part of the probe.

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