Eymür made his statements while appearing on Uğur Dündar's "Arena" television program on Monday evening. "The Deniz Feneri scandal erupted in Germany. It seems to be revenge for the Ergenekon investigation. It even expanded its scope to include the prime minister [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan].
Who is fighting against Ergenekon? The current government. What can corner the government? The Deniz Feneri case,” he said.
A German court convicted three Turkish men last month accused of funneling $26 million in charitable contributions raised by Deniz Feneri to conservative companies in Turkey. The case sparked a bitter polemic between Prime Minister Erdoğan and some Turkish newspapers after news reports were published implicating Erdoğan in the case.
Eymür also said more individuals could be detained in the days ahead in operations as part of the Ergenekon investigation. Many people, including journalists, businessmen and former army generals, have so far been taken into custody with suspected links to Ergenekon, and 86 suspects are currently standing trial in the investigation, facing various charges, including “membership in an armed terrorist group,” “attempting to destroy the government” and “inciting people to rebel against the Republic of Turkey,” among other crimes.
“I think a real organization cannot be limited to this number of members. It must have many others. There may be further detentions,” Eymür stated.
He went on to claim that Ergenekon became such a big organization because the required attention was not attached to the Susurluk affair. “If the necessary importance had been given to the Susurluk scandal, we would not be facing such a picture today,” he said. The 1996 Susurluk affair, a traffic accident, revealed links between the state, criminal gangs and the police.
Eymür also said he and his team tried to assassinate outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, currently imprisoned, with a car bomb when Öcalan was in Syria.
“Our attempt failed because there were other cars in front of Öcalan’s house. We had to park our car around 150 meters away from his house. When the bombs exploded, Öcalan escaped the assassination attempt without injury,” he stated.