According to the daily, a militant, nicknamed Gafur, of the terrorist organization wrote the letter, which opens, ‘’To the attention of Mr. Mustafa Özbek,’’ and continues with a narration of how Ergenekon killed three people: Forouhar and his wife in Iran, and Starovoitova in Russia.
The assassinations came after the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) currently jailed leader, Abdullah Öcalan, was displaced from Syria. ‘’Our esteemed chief deployed the most talented shooters for a must-do operation in Italy. In the meantime, Staravoitova, who had phone calls with the gang leader [Öcalan] and who helped him find a country to seek refuge in, was shot by connections the chief himself has made with the teams in Ukraine. Former Iranian Labor Minister Forouhar, whose phone calls [to Öcalan] frequently started to pop up, was killed two days later with the chief’s arrival there. Our highly respectable chief then returned to Italy,’’ read the letter found in Özbek’s house, according to Taraf’s story yesterday.
Öcalan, after being expelled from Syria, first went to Russia and then to Italy, from where Turkey asked Italian officials to turn him over to Turkey for trial. Whereas Turkish efforts for his extradition yielded no results in Italy, Öcalan was ultimately captured by Turkish intelligence agents and brought back to Turkey.
Russian deputy Staravoitova was shot dead in front of her house on Nov. 20, 1998; Forouhar and his wife were stabbed in their house together two days after Staravoitova’s death. Both assassinations were claimed to have been executed by the deep states of Russia and Iran at the time. Three Russians were found guilty of Staravoitova’s death and sentenced to 11-23 years in prison; three Iranian agents were executed and five others were sentenced to lifetime in prison in the case of Forouhar’s death.
However, what is indicated by the letter is that the Turkish deep state assassinated both politicians because of the phone calls they had with PKK leader Öcalan and the help they offered to him.
The letter also refers to the financial needs of the Ergenekon terrorist organization for operations to be conducted in Italy, Germany, Libya and Sudan, where the militants were going to distribute money to 1,459 individuals.