Vakit columnist’s house sold over Feb. 28 column

Vakit columnist’s house sold over Feb. 28 column

Abdurrahman Dilipak

August 20, 2009, Thursday/ 17:07:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
The house of Vakit columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak was sold on Tuesday to pay TL 157,000 in compensation for comments he made concerning a late naval forces commander in a column he penned in 2000.

Dilipak's column was published in June 2000, shortly after the death of former Naval Forces Commander Gen. Güven Erkaya. The columnist criticized the role of the general in the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup in his column. The column was titled “Every soul shall taste death,” an excerpt from the Holy Quran. Dilipak said he would not send his blessings to Erkaya due to his suffering during the Feb. 28 process.

Erkaya's heirs -- Asuman Kıratlı, Gülden Erkaya and Argun Erkaya -- filed a lawsuit against the columnist, who was ordered in 2003 to pay them TL 30,000. As Dilipak refused to pay the plaintiffs, the amount he owned them grew to TL 157,000 with interest.

Dilipak's house in İstanbul's Kadıköy district was sold for TL 180,000 on Tuesday.

The columnist said he would appeal the sale of his house and file a criminal complaint regarding the sale at the European Court of Human Rights. “My fight will continue. They will be ashamed of what they have done. This [the sale of my house] will remain a stain on the Turkish judiciary,” he noted.

Gen. Erkaya was famous for his role in the Feb. 28 process, when the coalition government of the time, led by the Welfare Party (RP), was overthrown by the military through an unarmed coup. Erkaya said fundamentalism was even more dangerous than the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). 

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