“Turkish [military] vehicles carry CIA agents in Afghanistan. The public should understand this fact. I’d like to warn [Turkish] soldiers about the disaster they could be faced with if they continue their activities. The Turkish military has been implicated in activities for which resister [Islam] combatants will never forgive them. I am calling the Turkish public as a friend. Save your children from Afghanistan,” he said. Sakka’s remarks came on Friday during the trial of seven suspected al-Qaeda terrorists who are accused of contributing to bomb attacks in İstanbul on Nov. 15 and 20, 2003.
The terrorist group bombed two synagogues, a London-based bank and the British Consulate in attacks in İstanbul in 2003, killing scores of people and wounding hundreds.
After his capture in 2005, Sakka was first sentenced to life in prison, but the Supreme Court of Appeals overturned the decision, paving way for a re-trial of the suspect.
Sakka denied involvement in the bomb attacks in İstanbul during Friday’s hearing, but confessed to having worked to blow up an Israeli ship in the Mediterranean Sea. He also tore into pieces and crushed under his feet a hand-drawn Israeli paper flag. The suspect was later taken out of the court room.