5 March 2008 /TODAY’S ZAMAN
The İstanbul police uncovered documents yesterday related to the death of a prominent businessman at an address supplied in the testimony of a suspect recently arrested for alleged connections to the Ergenekon gang, a deep state-linked criminal organization.
A police raid in June of last year uncovered an arms cache in a house in İstanbul’s Ümraniye district. The discovery led to the arrest of a suspect who was revealed to have ties with the Ergenekon gang, a neo-nationalist group that is accused of involvement in plans to stage a violent uprising against the government. The testimony of the suspect helped officials from the İstanbul Police Department uncover several documents related to the death of Üzeyir Garih, a prominent businessman of Turkish and Jewish origin who was stabbed to death in August of 2001 at a cemetery in İstanbul.
Upon the suspect’s testimony, the İstanbul police raided a house in İstanbul and discovered many documents concerning Garih’s assassination and a report on his post mortem examination. Officials from the İstanbul Police Department said the İstanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office in the city’s Beşiktaş district will launch an investigation into the Ergenekon gang’s connection with Garih’s assassination.