Retired noncommissioned officer Oktay Yıldırım, a jailed suspect in the Ergenekon case, kissed the hands of retired Gen. Veli Küçük, a key, jailed Ergenekon suspect, in the latest hearing in the case on Thursday. Kissing someone's hand is a sign of respect in Turkish culture.
Ergenekon is a shadowy crime network that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government.
As he entered the courtroom of the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court, which hears the Ergenekon case, in the 235th hearing in the case, Yıldırım shook hands with several other suspects, but when it came to Küçük, he opted to kiss his hand.
Yıldırım's move recalled a photo showing retired Capt. Muzaffer Tekin, another key suspect in the Ergenekon case, kissing the hand of Gen. Küçük, which is believed to have played a big role in the discovery of the Ergenekon crime network.