Turkey to issue Interpol red notice for coup suspect

Prosecutors recommend a life sentence without the possibility of parole for Dalan on charges of working to bring down the government and membership in an armed terrorist organization.

Turkey to issue Interpol red notice for coup suspect

World Bulletin / News Desk

The İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court, which is hearing an ongoing coup case against the Ergenekon organization, has decided to ask Interpol to issue a red notice for former İstanbul Mayor Bedrettin Dalan, a fugitive and prime suspect in the Ergenekon case.

Dalan was abroad when the 10th wave of detentions in the trial of Ergenekon, a shadowy network nested within the state aiming to overthrow the government through illicit methods, occurred and was named a suspect by the prosecutors in the Ergenekon investigation. He has been a fugitive ever since. There were earlier news reports that he is hiding in Russia.

Dalan will be sought in around the world if the red notice is issued. The İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court decided to ask Interpol to issue the notice on Wednesday. The court recalled that the former mayor is accused of establishing and managing an armed terrorist organization and working to destroy the government. The court also defined Dalan as a suspect at large.

Dalan is the founder of the İstek Foundation, on whose land in Poyrazköy a large number of guns and a sizable amount of ammunition were found buried in 2009 in an excavation carried out as part of the investigation into Ergenekon. Prosecutors involved in the investigation believe that Dalan was the third most important administrator in the group.

Prosecutors recommend a life sentence without the possibility of parole for Dalan on charges of working to bring down the government and membership in an armed terrorist organization.

Dalan is also the founder of Yeditepe University in İstanbul.

Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2011, 09:21
Add Comment