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Smells like Susurluk

HDN | 9/16/1999 12:00:00 AM |

Mehmet Agar's name is being mentioned in connection with the gunfight between True Path Party (DYP) Istanbul Deputy Celal Adan and the disciples of Adnan Hodja, a scenario that is beginning to smell like the Susurluk scandal HAKAN ASLANELI Istanbul - Turkish Daily News A fight which recently took place in Istanbul opened the Susurluk door once more. True Path Party (DYP) Istanbul Deputy Celal Adan, his men and Adnan Hodja's disciples became involved in a fight which resulted in weapons being drawn and

  • Mehmet Agar's name is being mentioned in connection with the gunfight between True Path Party (DYP) Istanbul Deputy Celal Adan and the disciples of Adnan Hodja, a scenario that is beginning to smell like the Susurluk scandal
  • HAKAN ASLANELI

    Istanbul - Turkish Daily News

    A fight which recently took place in Istanbul opened the Susurluk door once more. True Path Party (DYP) Istanbul Deputy Celal Adan, his men and Adnan Hodja's disciples became involved in a fight which resulted in weapons being drawn and ended at the police station. After the event one of Adan's people stated that Hodja's disciples were planning to take control of the DYP and had attempted to blackmail him.

    The incident, which ended with the two groups drawing guns in the lobby of the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel and nearly turned into a gunfight, was carried as far as the Beyoglu Public Prosecutor's Office. The public prosecutors, examining the details regarding the "bizarre" event which took place in the lobby of the five-star hotel, eventually came up with the name of Mehmet Agar, former interior minister and a big name connected with the notorious Susurluk case. The Susurluk scandal arose from a fatal car crash that occurred in November 1996 and resulted in revelations of government involvement with criminal organizations.

    According to certain claims, Agar had arrived at the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel half an hour prior to the event and left following the incident. It is believed that Agar and Adan are hatching plans within the DYP to oust party leader Tansu Ciller and are therefore being followed by Adnan Hodja's disciples. Eventually the two groups came face to face.

    Guns drawn

    Adan's name has been mentioned on several occasions in connection with the murders of left-wing individuals prior to the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup. He was tried on capital charges of being a provocateur or being directly involved in many unsolved murders including that of the famous trade unionist Kemal Turkler. In the recent incident it was stated that it was Celal Adan who pulled out his gun first and prepared to kill two of Hodja's disciples, Bahadir Guven and Firat Develioglu. It is also claimed that the incident was recorded by the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel's cameras and that the prosecutors have the video cassette.

    According to a statement made to the Turkish Daily News by officials from the Scientific Research Foundation, known by the public to be comprised of Hodja's disciples, the video cassette is evidence of the relationship between Agar and Adan. The recording includes a segment in which Adan can be seen leaving the hotel in a BMW with the license number 34 RMB 50, a car registered as belonging to Agar. However, Adan has stated that he hasn't seen Agar for 18 months.

    The general secretary of the Scientific Research Foundation, Bahadir Guven made a statement to the TDN following the event. He said the police security guards for deputies Adan and Agar had assaulted them with guns and blamed the police for altering their testimonies at the police station. Guven also stated that police officers are always on good terms with their fellow officers, that Adan and Agar's security guards had tried to kidnap them and that they were lucky to have avoided becoming yet two more unsolved murders. Guven criticized Agar harshly, claiming that it was the latter who gave the order to kill their friend Serkan Ciminli last year.

    The following is Guven's statement, one which merits close scrutiny:

    "Mehmet Agar and Celal Adan are two very close friends who have been working together for years; they might even be called secret partners. At the same time they are both deputies serving in Parliament. Agar and Adan communicate frequently by telephone and special courier, and they meet secretly in special places. Celal Adan had met with Agar on the day of the event and checked into the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel on Mehmet Agar's recommendation.

    "On the day of the event, Mehmet Agar and Celal Adan went to the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel with their security guards and other people. Mehmet Agar, as planned earlier, had brought along his own men. The people who had assaulted the members of the Scientific Research Foundation were mostly Agar's security men.

    "Despite all of this it was realized that Mehmet Agar was at the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel during the event."Mehmet Agar was recognized by hotel personnel and members of security. This is evident from the testimonies of neutral witnesses, given at the Beyoglu District Security Directorate, despite all sorts of pressure.

    "He either played an important role as the provocateur or was directly responsible for many of the unsolved murders prior to the Sept. 12, 1980 coup. He was tried on the capital charge of murdering famous trade unionist Kemal Turkler in 1980.

    "Celal Adan planned and decided on Kemal Turkler's assassination. Celal Adan, who led his brother-in-law Unal Osmanagaoglu to murder Turkler, was not imprisoned even though he was at the site of the murder, due to the evidence against him being tampered with. If an investigation is carried out, all the detailed evidence will come to the surface. The public and members of the press are fully aware of this. What is more, Celal Adan does not hide the fact that he committed the murder, saying, 'It is an honor for me to have killed Kemal Turkler.'

    "Security personnel at the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel only handed over one of the eight cassettes related to the day of the incident to Public Prosecutor Mehmet Demir on the grounds that 'video footage of the actual event consisted of only that one.' The other seven cassettes were probably protected by hotel security and were not handed to the Public Prosecutor's Office, in order to clear the names of Mehmet Agar and Celal Adan. However, after the Scientific Research Foundation paid special attention to the situation, making sure that the evidence was not erased, the other seven cassettes were found, and all that day's footage was handed over to the Beyoglu Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

    "This dangerous mafia gang, led by Mehmet Agar and Celal Adan, are behind all the illegal actions taken against the Scientific Research Foundation, from the 'Cocaine Conspiracy' of July 1991 to the assassination of Serkan Ciminli in May 1998. All the assaults perpetrated against the Scientific Research Foundation and the foundation members have been organized with the knowledge of Mehmet Agar and Celal Adan, who personally are the leaders of this gang.

    "The name behind the 'Cocaine Conspiracy' against the honorary chairman of the Scientific Research Foundation, Adnan Oktar, on July 1991, is Mehmet Agar, the then chief of Istanbul Police. Upon Mehmet Agar's orders, one of the members of our foundation, Mehmet Soltay, was severely beaten. It was also arranged for cocaine to be found at Honorary Chairman Adnan Oktar's house and on his person. Adnan Oktar was acquitted of the cocaine charge; however, the gang's illegal actions against the Scientific Research Foundation did not come to an end.

    "The murder of Serkan Ciminli in May 1998 is another attack by this gang. The 'Pic Mahmut Cetesi' (Bastard Mahmut Gang) which is responsible for the death of Ciminli is an extension of the gang led by Mehmet Agar and Celal Adan, who achieved the establishment of a state within a state. Mehmet Agar played the role of key decision-maker in the murder of Serkan Ciminli."

    Who is Adnan Hoca?

    Adnan Oktar, publicly known as Adnan Hoca, or Teacher Adnan, first surfaced in the public as a religious figure after 1990. The children of Turkey's "famous" people became disciples of Adnan Hoca. Adnan Hoca was a name known to be close to all politicians, particularly Necmettin Erbakan, the founder and chairman of the now defunct Welfare Party (RP). He produced studies on Islam and political topics in books published under various names. Adnan Hoca, who disappeared after 1995, has not been seen for years except by his disciples.

    Adnan Hoca's disciplines began to interest the public because of the attractive young men and women among them. Last year Adnan Hoca's name again came on the agenda when one of his group's members, Serkan Ciminli, was murdered. The murderers were arrested within a short period of time and, in their confession, they claimed Ciminli and the Adnan Hoca group had been blackmailing them.

    The group operates under the name of the Scientific Research Foundation and shows itself as trying to be of service to Turkey.

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