Ankara – More than 12 years after a traffic accident in western Turkey exposed links between the Turkish mafia, police and politicians, the trial of the then interior minister was set to get underway in Ankara on Tuesday, but the court decided that another court should try the case, the Anadolu news agency reported. Former Interior Minister Mehmet Agar was implicated in ties with Turkish mafia boss Abdullah Catli with prosecutors claiming that Agar had protected Catli, a figure wanted by the police for a number of murders, and had even signed Catli’s gun licence. Continue Reading »
The Ergenekon gang, a terrorist organization that is currently the subject of an extensive investigation that saw a number of high-profile arrests last week, had drawn up plans to establish a national mafia that would be directly subordinate to the Turkish General Staff. Continue Reading »
Convicted gang leader Alaattin Çakıcı was brought to the Beşiktaş courthouse on Friday to testify to a prosecutor investigating Ergenekon.
A mafia leader serving four years in prison for heading a crime gang was brought to the Beşiktaş courthouse on Friday to testify to a prosecutor investigating a political crime gang believed to have been carrying out preparations for an overthrow of the government. Continue Reading »
While Turkey has stepped up its efforts against drug use and drug trafficking, prices in Europe have increased.
Dutch authorities have said the increases in prices are related to the large amount of drugs that were seized by Turkish authorities at the Kapikule custom gate.
Most drugs smuggled between West and East pass through Turkey, simply because of its geographic location on the route between south-east Asia and Europe. In recent years, Turkey has increased its operations. In the first four months of 2007 alone, customs officials seized 1.5 tons of drugs. Continue Reading »
We have been listening to the National Intelligence Organization’s (MİT) former director of the Istanbul area, Nuri Gündeş, for days now. He is a courteous gentleman whom I have known for a while. He is approaching 90. After his retirement in 1986 he remained silent for a very long time. He is currently working on a book. It is maybe because of this that suddenly he started appearing on TV. During his appearances, he talked about what the “deep state” has been in the past and how the state bureaucracy affected situations. Continue Reading »
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