‘Sabahattin Ali, like Dink, was killed for opposing deep state’

February 22, 2012, Wednesday/ 16:47:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The daughter of renowned Turkish poet and writer Sabahattin Ali has said her father, like Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, was killed because of his opposition to the deep state.

Ali, known for his strong opposition to the state, was convicted of insulting the nation's founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in one of his poems in 1932. He served time in the Konya and Sinop prisons but was released after a general amnesty granted on the 10th anniversary of the republic in 1933. Ali was murdered while trying to flee the country on April 1, 1948. His body was found on June 16. It became evident that Ali Ertekin, a smuggler, was the killer; however, the motive behind the murder remained a mystery.

“Why was Hrant Dink killed? We need to ask this. It would be wrong to label these murders [Dink and Ali's killings] as simple murders. There is a supra-party state here. Everyone knows that there is a reality called the deep state in Turkey. This is a monolithic concept. The state structure, which never accepts criticism, has destroyed everyone who opposed, for any reason, its deeply rooted policies. The system functions this way,” said Ali's daughter, Filiz Ali, in an interview with the Yeni Şafak daily that was published on Wednesday.

Dink was murdered in 2007 by an ultranationalist youth in İstanbul, the masterminds of which still remain a mystery.

In the interview, Ali also commented on the recent statements of Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who admitted that the CHP was behind Ali's murder.

Kılıçdaroğlu, who recently spoke in critical terms of several acts committed by the CHP during its 27 years of single-party rule in the early years of the Turkish Republic, said during a television program earlier this month that it was the CHP that killed Ali and that renowned Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet was imprisoned for his political views. “Who sent Nazım Hikmet to jail? Who killed Sabahattin Ali? The CHP. We will always admit the reality, but it is not correct to abuse the wrongdoings of the CHP,” he said.

Commenting on Kılıçdaroğlu's remarks, Filiz Ali said it is a significant step for the CHP to confront its own history, while noting that Kılıçdaroğlu's acknowledgment of what happened was a first.

“My father was killed when the CHP was in power. I was pleased with the current CHP leader for mentioning the truth,” Filiz Ali said.

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