Paper unveils official list of JİTEM officers, documenting its existence

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While the General Staff still denies the existence of JİTEM, an anti-terror unit within the gendarmerie believed to be behind thousands of atrocities in the East and Southeast in the 1990s, an official document, which includes a list of JİTEM officers, was unveiled and released by a media outlet on Friday.

According to a report that appeared in the Yeni Şafak daily, the list includes the “A team” of JİTEM, and other officers who served in the organization during the years between 1987 and 1992. The “A team” consist of those who founded JİTEM, such as retired Col. Arif Doğan, and those who played critical roles within the organization such as retired Gen. Veli Küçük, a prime suspect in the investigation into Ergenekon -- a clandestine group charged with plotting to overthrow the government.

The official document was seized in Doğan’s house by police as part of the Ergenekon investigation a few years ago. Retired Col. Doğan has himself stated several times both in court and the media that he founded JİTEM, and has provided valuable information about the clandestine military group, whose existence has long been denied by the military and government officials. It seems, according to the document, that the same officers who are now prime suspects in the Ergenekon case occupied critical positions within JİTEM.

The document includes information on officers, their registration numbers, the nature of their duty and the tasks that they were responsible for. Doğan, who is the founder of the organization, wrote the document by hand.

The document reveals the interesting detail that some captains were in a superior position to majors, in defiance of a classical military hierarchy.

Officers who were assigned to JİTEM worked in a number of provinces such as Mersin, Batman, Şırnak, Elazığ, Diyarbakır, İzmir and Ankara.

Küçük took command of JİTEM after the departure of Doğan, who had been chief in command of the organization.



Columnist: TODAY'S ZAMAN