Documents reveal dark face of controversial JİTEM

Documents have revealed that a secret and illicit military intelligence unit known as JİTEM was engaged in several illegal acts, including drug and human smuggling and arms trade with PKK.

Documents reveal dark face of controversial JİTEM
Documents seized in a police raid on the house of an executive of a TV station as part of the ongoing Ergenekon operation have revealed that a secret and illicit military intelligence unit known as JİTEM was engaged in several illegal acts, including drug and human smuggling and arms trade with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Ulusal Kanal board member Adnan Akfırat was taken into custody earlier this year as part of an operation into a political crime gang known as Ergenekon, which was allegedly making preparations for an overthrow of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government. Documents seized at Akfırat's house revealed that JİTEM, whose existence was long denied by the military, was engaged in a series of illegal acts.

According to the documents, army members and village guards were earning thousands of dollars from smuggling arms and drugs into Iraq. The documents also provided the names of some army officers affiliated with JİTEM who were engaged in arms and drug smuggling in such provinces as Diyarbakır, Van and Şırnak. The officers were identified by their military ranks and first names in the documents. The documents also revealed that though some JİTEM members had been caught in the act by the police, they were protected and prevented from being sent to jail by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).

According to the documents, a first lieutenant identified as Cihan B. cooperated with village guards in Diyarbakır in human smuggling into Turkey. Cihan B. smuggled around 300,000 illegal immigrants from Iraq to Turkey during the US invasion into Iraq in 1991. He also sold more than 150,000 weapons to terrorists in Iraq. İbrahim K., a noncommissioned officer, was also engaged in human smuggling into Turkey from various war-torn countries. He also forced immigrant women into prostitution.

Other documents seized in a police raid on the family home of Fikret Emek, suspected member of the Ergenekon gang, showed that dozens of army officers, including generals, were blacklisted by the state's intelligence agencies.

During the raid on the home, the police found lists of army members compiled by various intelligence agencies, which categorized people according to their political and religious affiliations. For example, some army generals were tagged with such labels as "close to leftist ideology," "cooperates with Alevis," "ideological Alevi" or "relative of PKK head."

Other tags included "alcoholic," "despicable," "sells porno CDs to army staff," "goes to bars every night" and "sells guns to northern Iraq."

The names of military members who were supposed to be promoted were underlined.

Other military members were blacklisted for their religious affiliations. The documents bore details about the religious affiliations of two technical sergeants. According to the documents, these sergeants were pious Muslims and had a collection of religious books penned by Said Nursi, a major figure of 20th-century Islamic thought.

Emek had previously confessed to having categorized people according to their political affiliations. He had said many such lists were put together by military intelligence departments during the years 1999 and 2000 in the Feb. 28 process, which started in 1998 when the military overthrew the government in a non-armed intervention.

The documents had blacklisted hundreds of İstanbul denizens as being members or supporters of armed terrorist groups such as the PKK, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), the Turkish Workers' and Peasants' Liberation Army (TİKKO) and the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), as well as tagged them with such labels as "extreme left," "religious fundamentalist" or by the names of religious orders, including Nurcu, Süleymancı and Nakşibendi.

Col. Doğan turns Yalova hotels into prostitution centers

The owner of a local newspaper in Yalova province has asserted that retired Col. Arif Doğan, who was taken into custody earlier this month as part of the Ergenekon operation and confessed to being the leader of JİTEM, turned many hotels in Yalova into centers of prostitution during the period he spent in the city.

Burhan Kazmalı, owner of Çizgi newspaper, spoke to Taraf daily and claimed that hotels in Yalova were turned into centers of prostitution during the year and a half that Doğan spent in the city, starting in 1997. "Many hotels in the city had been shut down by the governor's office on charges of allowing prostitution; however, Doğan turned a blind eye to this fact. He even helped some of these hotels to reopen. He used to go to these hotels with luxurious cars, accommodating his many guests. Everyone in the city knows these hotels became centers of prostitution after Doğan started his post here. He turned Yalova into a place where people sought to earn money through illegal acts," stated Kazmalı.

In the meantime, Yeni Şafak daily stated yesterday that police were stepping up security measures at Ankara's Numune Hospital, where Doğan is receiving treatment. The daily said Doğan is being protected by extraordinary security precautions, and that he is being kept in a single room; all his meals are checked beforehand by a team of experts. "High security measures at the hospital hint that police fear Doğan may be the target of an attack, as he is considered one of the key men in the Ergenekon investigation," read the daily.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2008, 07:45