Turkish prosecutor interrogates Odatv suspects

Four administrators of the neo-nationalist odatv.com news portal were transferred to the Beşiktaş Courthouse in İstanbul.

Turkish prosecutor interrogates Odatv suspects

World Bulletin / News Desk

Four administrators of the neo-nationalist odatv.com news portal, who were detained earlier this week, were transferred to the Beşiktaş Courthouse in İstanbul on Thursday to be interrogated by Ergenekon prosecutor Zekeriya Öz.

On Feb. 14 İstanbul police searched the offices of odatv.com as well as the houses of the portal's administrators and detained four people, including the portal's owner, Soner Yalçın. The detainees are accused of membership in the Ergenekon terrorist organization. Ergenekon is a clandestine network accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Those detained initially underwent a health check at the courthouse. They were later interrogated by prosecutor Öz. They were most probably questioned about their suspected ties to Ergenekon, but it was not immediately clear what sort of questions the prosecutor directed to the detainees.

Shortly after the police search and the detention of the portal's administrators, odatv.com workers argued that police raided their office shortly after a video that showed Turkish police being trained by US police was posted online on odatv.com. The video also claimed that the discovery of munitions in Ankara's Zir Valley was a plan devised by the police.

However, police records have shown that prosecutor Öz decided to carry out a search of the portal's offices before the video was posted, Cihan news agency said.

In January 2009, police found weapons buried in Zir Valley. The valley was excavated after police teams found a map showing the location of weapons in the valley in the home of Lt. Col. Mustafa Dönmez, a jailed suspect in the Ergenekon case. The weapons found there were registered as belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), according to a report from Turkey's sole weapons manufacturer, the state-owned Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKE). Lt. Col. Dönmez is facing charges of "concealing military equipment" in a case being heard by the General Staff Military Court.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Şubat 2011, 16:31