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Turkey is keeping its hopes high, although there is some fear that external forces may have influenced a report prepared by a German parliamentary commission investigating the murders apparently committed by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) that is expected to be issued on Thursday. On the eve of the anticipated release of the final report, Turkish officials said that Turkey wants Germany to clarify the facts of the NSU trial and investigate all the racist incidents that were perpetrated against Turkish citizens.
“Turkey wants light to be shed on all aspects of this case. Ankara expects an independent, objective report that could change the course of the trial. Turkey hopes that the report will reveal the whole truth with sufficient clarity to satisfy the Turkish citizens in Germany,” said a diplomatic source who wished to remain anonymous.
Eight Turkish citizens, one Greek citizen and one German police officer were killed in Germany between 2000 and 2007 in murders which remained unsolved until 2011, when a terrorist neo-Nazi ring was accidentally discovered to apparently be behind the killings. The investigation launched by German officials also revealed possible links between Germany's federal intelligence service and the neo-Nazi gang. NSU member Beate Zschäpe and four alleged supporters of the NSU terrorist group stand accused of the 10 murders at the Higher State Court of Munich in a trial that began on early May 6.
Sebastian Edathy, chairman of the German parliamentary commission established to investigate the murders, paid a visit to Turkey to brief Turkish officials on the progress of the investigation in November 2012. Even though the meeting had a positive atmosphere, Turkish officials still have fears that the report will be far from objective.
“Germany worked hard and seemed serious at first. However, I realized that they might be affected by personal interventions. We expect our German friends to reveal the deep state behind the attacks against Turkish citizens. If Germany won't solve its racism problem, it will harm itself,” the Turkish parliament's Human Rights Investigation Commission head Ayhan Sefer Üstün told Today's Zaman.
Justice and Development Party (AK Party) parliamentary group deputy chairman Bekir Bozdağ shares Üstün's concerns. Bozdağ stated in April that when Turkish reporters were not permitted in the courtroom it “raised doubts of the court's objectivity.”
The NSU trial was originally set to begin on April 17 but was postponed to May 6 following a heated debate over press accreditation. The Higher State Court of Munich had not allocated seats for members of the Turkish media to follow the trial of the neo-Nazi ring. In early April, the court backpedaled on that decision after facing harsh criticism and decided to allow some Turkish journalists to attend the hearings.
According weekly German magazine Der Spiegel, the German Interior Ministry has demanded the removal of 47 sections and alterations to 118 lines of the German parliamentary commission's report because it contains “highly sensitive issues that concern the welfare of the country.” In the course of its two years of work preparing the report, the commission has taken the testimony of hundreds of witnesses from 75 court sessions.
The diplomatic source also said that although the German government has made attempts to intervene in the content of the report, Ankara hopes it will be objective and extensive on the attacks against Turkish citizens living in Germany.
“Turkey is optimistic about the report and expects it to be objective since it was written by members of the German parliament. Germany fears that the report will reveal the truth. That's why deputy chairman Bekir Bozdağ shared his doubts about the truth being suppressed in the case. The German court restricted scope of the case to just a few subjects. Turkey believes that this report will be much more extensive on the situation of Turks in Germany,” the source noted.
Üstün said that if the report reveals the deep state in Germany, it will enable the court to launch new cases. The current trial deals only with limited events and a small number of suspects. At present, the German court can't examine any deep organization behind the attacks and can't investigate government officials.
The NSU is a previously unknown group that was discovered in late 2011. An inquiry revealed botched police investigations, failure to consider racist motives for the killings between 2000 and 2007, a lack of communication between Germany's intelligence services and a failure to properly monitor members of neo-Nazi groups.Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ağustos 2013, 18:31