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Mafia-like group within state, says former intel chief

ISTANBUL – Radikal | 8/10/2009 12:00:00 AM |

A former police intel chief says senior state officials formed an illegal gang under the guise of fighting the outlawed PKK.

Senior state officials formed a “mafia-like” organization within the Police Department, the gendarmerie and the National Intelligence Agency, or MİT, under the guise of fighting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, said a former police intelligence deputy chief.

According to daily Radikal, former Deputy Chief of the Police Department’s Intelligence Bureau Hanefi Avcı told prosecutors in the controversial Ergenekon investigation that retired Major Gen. Veli Küçük, one of the jailed suspects in the case, had links to known mafia leaders Sedat Peker, Hadi Özcan, Sami Hoştan and Ali Fevzi Bir.

Avcı, who is currently the police chief in the central Anatolian province of Eskişehir, told the prosecutors that the mafia-like gang was formed without any formal law and acted as if it was a state body.

The gang was using its anti-PKK guise to gain profit, said Avcı, who served as the deputy head of Diyarbakır Police Department Intelligence Bureau between 1984 and 1992 before being posted to the Istanbul Police Department as the intelligence chief. Avcı said during his time in Diyarbakır, he knew of the Gendarmerie Intelligence Department, or JİTEM, the existence of which is denied by the military. He said JİTEM was headed by Küçük and during his tenure in Istanbul, he knew that Küçük, who was posted to Kocaeli at the time, had close links with mafia bosses.

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