POLITICS > Öcalan is a secret witness in Ergenekon coup trial, CHP claims


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leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan, Hürriyet photo

leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan, Hürriyet photo

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has claimed that the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan is one of the 44 secret witnesses in the ongoing Ergenekon coup trial, daily Hürriyet has reported.

"On Aug. 8 2008, Öcalan addressed the prosecutor of the trial, Zekeriya Öz, saying: 'The Ergenekon prosecutor can come to see me. I can offer him my knowledge and opinions about the case. My point of view must be requested.' It was revealed a short time ago that Şemdin Sakık, the leader of a terrorist organization who gave death commands to 33 soldiers, was a secret witness. Obviously, therefore, another is Abdullah Öcalan," CHP vice president Bülent Tezcan said.

The identity of a secret witness in the ongoing Ergenekon coup trial was revealed Nov. 6 to be Şemdin Sakık, a former top militant of the PKK and a close aide of its convicted leader, Abdullah Öcalan.


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11/28/2012 4:46:12 PM

Secret court hearings... it's basically saying, your hiding something from the public! However this does not just happen in Turkey, the U.S have these too. It's called The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or F.I.S.C. I'm sure it happens in many other countries as well. But still I totally agree that they should not happen and should be made public, especially when involving such a controversial issue as this!

Recep Ozel

11/22/2012 5:24:13 PM

@ mara That that is how it should be! However in Turkey the prosecutor, judge, and defence have announced that there remain 44 secret or hidden witnesses in this particular case!

Sev Cihan

11/22/2012 4:23:16 PM

the biggest problem is that we will never know what he said! how the military and former governments created the pkk and still are controlling them

mara mcglothin

11/22/2012 4:20:04 PM

And who else Noel Baba, and the Tooth Fairy????? There can be no secret witnesses in a court of law! Simple
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