News reports from yesterday’s press stated that journalist Ergün Poyraz, now a suspect in the Ergenekon trial, was maintaining detailed information on upper-echelon members of the army. The allegation is based on the content of documents seized during a police raid on Poyraz’s house shortly before he was detained in 2007.
The documents included large amounts of information on the officers, including posts in which they served, the names of their spouses, home addresses and mobile phone numbers. The documents also bore a special code for each officer.
Poyraz came to prominence with a book titled “The Children of Moses,” which contains claims that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ascended to power as part of a “Zionist conspiracy” concocted by JİTEM, a clandestine organization that is commonly believed to be behind many bombings, attacks and assassinations. The existence of JİTEM has been denied by officials.
Poyraz was detained by counterterrorism teams in July 2007 on suspicion of having links to the Association for the Union of Patriotic Forces (VKGB), a gang whose members include retired army officers and which is believed to have connections to crimes aimed at stirring political tension and chaos. He was later arrested and put in jail.