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Ciminli Case Turns into a War

HDN | 7/18/1999 12:00:00 AM |

There has been a change in direction in the murder trial of Pic Mahmut and his gang. The killers may now face the death sentence for killing Adnan Hoca follower Serkan Ciminli HAKAN ASLANELI One of the most important cases of 1999 is the Serkan Ciminli case. The criminals who killed Ciminli in Bebek, right in front of his girlfriend's eyes, were caught after a three-month pursuit. Mahmut Ramazan Oruc, known as Pic (Bastard) Mahmut, his brother Murat Oruc and their gang of nine were captured during raids

  • There has been a change in direction in the murder trial of Pic Mahmut and his gang. The killers may now face the death sentence for killing Adnan Hoca follower Serkan Ciminli
  • HAKAN ASLANELI

    One of the most important cases of 1999 is the Serkan Ciminli case. The criminals who killed Ciminli in Bebek, right in front of his girlfriend's eyes, were caught after a three-month pursuit. Mahmut Ramazan Oruc, known as Pic (Bastard) Mahmut, his brother Murat Oruc and their gang of nine were captured during raids by the Istanbul police. After they were caught, they confessed that they had killed Ciminli; however, during the trial, and in spite of the testimony of eyewitnesses, gang leader Pic Mahmut mentioned that it was his brother and his friends who had pulled the trigger. A legal war has broken out between Oruc, a former follower of Adnan Hoca, and the Hoca's current disciples.

    The disciples of Adnan Hoca, the leader of a secretive Islamic sect, are using all their power to get the death sentence for Pic Mahmut and his accomplices, whereas the Pic Mahmut gang is trying to save itself by getting the support of other gangs.

    The hearing that took place last week at the Istanbul Seventh High Criminal Court was attended by Ciminli's family, several disciples of Adnan Hoca, friends of the Pic Mahmut gang, the defendants and the media. Their attention was focused on the decision of the president of the court and the 24-year prison sentence demanded by the public prosecutor, which was considered unfair by lawyers working for Ciminli's family. The disciples of Adnan Hoca and lawyers for the Ciminli family worked together in consulting a number of renowned legal experts to prepare their case in favor of capital punishment. Well-known jurist Professor Sulhi Donmezer asserted that the accused should face the death penalty, implying that the public prosecutor himself was partial.

    The defendants said that the Adnan Hoca group was trying to establish influence over certain circles through well-known methods of repression in order to have the court rule for the death sentence. The accused maintained that the 24-year prison sentence was just and said that the recommendation should be followed by the court. If the court does accept the prosecutors' recommendation and sentences the gang members to 24 years, they can each expect to actually serve only eight years in jail. Obviously, Ciminli's family and their supporters see this as totally inadequate and presented the opinions of legal experts to back up their claims. This was a unique occurrence in a Turkish high criminal court.

    In the end, the winners were Ciminli's supporters; in other words, the followers of Adnan Hoca prevailed since the presiding judge postponed the hearing to Aug. 3 and asked for additional information. And that meant that the 24-year prison sentence was considered insufficient for the accused and that they would face the death penalty.

    Following the announcement of the presiding judge, Mahmut Oruc, his brother Murat and their friends suggested that Adnan Hoca's followers had influenced the decision. Ciminli's supporters were content, since it was as though they had won the first round of the fight against enemies who had been threatening them for years.

    The Pic Mahmut gang

    It is known as the most violent gang that hasn't yet achieved mafia status but is thirsting for it, after the Karagumruk gang. The leader is Mahmut Ramazan Oruc. This person has been committing robberies with the armed gang that he established since he was 15 in Kadikoy and on Bagdat Caddesi on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. His roles in getting lycee students addicted to drugs and as a go-between are well known. It is also said that they deceived a number of young women and then raped and sold them. The Pic Mahmut gang, which does whatever is prohibited by the law and humanity, has most recently engaged in drug and arms smuggling.

    The gang was among Adnan Hoca's followers for some time but was later expelled. At the time, they were fond of introducing themselves as the Hoca's followers and establishing a reputation. Adnan Hoca's followers, who were unhappy about the situation, cooperated with the police to break up the gang. Serkan Ciminli, one of Adnan Hoca's lieutenants, worked together with the police to get gang members captured and sent to prison. The Pic Mahmut gang threatened Ciminli and his friends, saying they would take their revenge once they were set free. Two years ago they rained bullets on Ciminli and Bahadir Guven, but the two managed to save their skins with no injury. One year later, they laid in ambush for Ciminli in Bebek and killed the man. The sides in this long hostility will now continue their struggle through legal means. The final hearing will probably take place on Aug. 3, and the court will hand down its verdict, which will either be capital punishment or a short prison term.

    The two sides aren't standing idly by. Adnan Hoca's followers are seeking to influence the jurists and prevent the postponement of the case. What is the punishment for Pic Mahmut's crime according to the Turkish Criminal Code? A booklet has been prepared on this issue and handed to high-level authorities. The Science Research Foundation, an Adnan Hoca organization, is employing all its resources to prevent a decision through which the Pic Mahmut gang would get away with a short prison sentence. The gang isn't passive either. They want to win through their own methods by getting the mafia involved. Now the question is, who will win the case? This case is very important for shedding light on reality in Turkey.

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