No application to hear MİT chief: Ankara chief prosecutor
AFP photoAnkara Chief Public Prosecutor Harun Kodalak has denied that his office applied to the Prime Ministry for permission to hear National Intelligence Chief (MİT) Hakan Fidan’s victim and witness testimony as part of an ongoing probe into the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.
“We have not yet made a request to hear MİT Chief Hakan Fidan’s testimony. The reports regarding it are not true,” Kodalak said Dec. 5.
His statement came after daily Hürriyet reported that an application was made with the ministry because Fidan, according to informants’ testimonies, was one of the figures who pro-coup soldiers planned to kidnap during the attempt.
Lt. Col. Murat Bolat, who was arrested on coup charges and agreed to become an informant in line with the law on penitence, said they planned to seize Fidan from his home in the MİT lodgings in the Yenimahalle district of Ankara using “a Sikorsky and two Cougars.”
Meanwhile, parliament’s coup investigation commission head, Reşat Petek, said on Dec. 4 that opposition parties had also demanded to hear the testimonies of Fidan and Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar.
Petek said they would invite Akar to the commission, but Fidan can only be heard if permission is granted by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.