Arslan: I would kill President Sezer

Suspect Alparslan Arslan said "If I had not been captured, I would have killed President Ahmet Necdet Sezer."

Arslan: I would kill President Sezer

Alparslan Arslan on trial for a deadly raid last year on Turkey's top administrative court said Thursday that he also planned to assassinate the president and attack leading business groups, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Alparslan Arslan, told the court. "If I had not been captured, I would have attacked the Dogan media group, the Koc group ... and some banks. I would have killed President Ahmet Necdet Sezer," he said.

Arslan, a 30-year-old lawyer, has confessed to the attack on the Council of State May 17, 2006, in which a senior judge was killed and four others wounded.

Arslan also confessed to organizing three grenade attacks in Istanbul against the newspaper Cumhuriyet several days before the court shooting. 

The media have suggested that Arslan may be linked to members of an ultra-nationalist group, including retired army officers, who were arrested recently in relation with an ammunition cache in Istanbul.

The ultra-nationalists are reportedly close to figures from the "deep state" - a phrase used to describe alleged rogue groups within the security forces ready to act outside the law to defend what they see as Turkey's best interests.

The judge adjourned the trial, saying that the court was still awaiting investigation files of suspects arrested in connection with the Istanbul ammunition cache.

Arslan and four co-defendants face life sentences for forming an illegal group.

Four other defendants face lesser charges of aiding the group.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2007, 11:37