Bakırköy press prosecutor might be linked to Ergenekon

Bakırköy press prosecutor might be linked to Ergenekon

Ali Çakır

October 13, 2009, Tuesday/ 16:47:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Bakırköy Press Prosecutor Ali Çakır, who has filed hundreds of cases against newspapers and journalists reporting on Ergenekon, a clandestine gang charged with plotting to overthrow the government, had a close relationship with key Ergenekon suspect retired Gen. Veli Küçük, according to notes the general made in his daily planner.

In his planner entry dated May 30, 2007, Küçük wrote of a meeting with Prosecutor Çakır to talk about setting up a business partnership.

Çakır is remembered for the cases he filed against intellectuals and artists for expressing their beliefs. He was the prosecutor who accused singer Bülent Ersoy of violating Article 318 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which criminalizes “creating antipathy towards military service” when Ersoy said she would never send her son, if she had one, to do his compulsory military service. He also recently launched an investigation into actress and TV host Hülya Avşar, who made a statement supporting the government's Kurdish initiative. It was also he who indicted Star journalist Şamil Tayyar, who was recently sentenced to a three-year jail sentence, suspended unless he “commits” the same “crime” again, over Tayyar's comprehensive coverage of the Ergenekon case in his column.

Recent evidence suggests that Çakır was good friends with many of the individuals who are now defendants in the Ergenekon case. Among the body of evidence is a transcript of a phone conversation he had in 2006 with an unidentified governor on the telephone belonging to Ahmet Cinali, an aide to Taner Ünal, chairman of the Patriotic Forces Union of Strength (VKGB) and most of whose members have been rounded up in the Ergenekon investigation. The transcript starts with Cinali talking to a person to whom he refers as “Mr. Governor,” and then hands the phone over to Çakır, so the two can talk. Çakır briefly describes his position -- press prosecutor for the Bağcılar district at the time -- to which the unidentified governor replies: “Oh that's great, I'm sure you're squeezing all those publications, Mr. Prosecutor.” Çakır replies, “Well I am tying my best.” Stating that his job is fun, Çakır says, “It is a bit political.”

In earlier testimony to the police, the VKGB'S Cinali, who was arrested during an investigation into the nationalist organization, stated that Çakır was a friend.

Other Titles
Click For More News