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Former Turkish police chief called to testify

ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires | 9/24/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Prosecutors in Ankara called on former police chief Hanefi Avcı to answer allegations that he has been using a telephone line belonging to a member of an illegal organization

Prosecutors in Ankara called on former police chief Hanefi Avcı to answer allegations that he has been using a telephone line belonging to a member of an illegal organization, daily Radikal reported Friday.

The telephone line allegedly belonged to Necdet Kılıç, a member of the illegal ‘Revolutionary Headquarters’ organization who was detained after police reportedly found his fingerprints in the house of Orhan Yılmazkaya, who was killed in a shootout with Istanbul police last year which also claimed the lives of a police officer and a civilian.

Avcı was alleged to have spoken to a teacher named Kezban Kerman on Kılıç’s telephone line. Speaking to the Doğan news agency on Friday, Avcı rejected allegations linking him to the Devrimci Karargah organization.

However, he did say he knows Kılıç. “I have been expecting these kinds of defamations,” he said. “I know the woman [Kerman] but the allegations that I have a relationship with the organization is a lie. Because I know Necdet they want to insert my name into the affairs of that organization. They want to show that illegal phone tapping is rational,” he said.

Avcı was under the media spotlight recently, following the publication of his book “Haliç’te Yaşayan Simonlar: Dün Devlet Bugün Cemaat” (‘Devotee’ Residents of Haliç: Yesterday State, Today Religious Congregation).

The book alleged the Fethullah Gülen Community, a religious group headed by prominent religious figure Fethullah Gülen, has covertly taken over control of the state.

Avcı claimed in his book the community had illegally tapped telephone conversations, including some of his. Avcı was the police chief of the Anatolian province of Eskişehir when he wrote the book, but has since retired from active duty.

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