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Perincek says Ersever killing was to cover up Bitlis murder

HDN | 12/7/1996 12:00:00 AM |

Turkish Daily News ANKARA- Dogu Perincek, the chairman of Workers' Party (IP), testified at the Ankara State Security Court (DGM) on Friday that Major Cem Ersever was killed in order to cover up another murder, the Anatolia news agency reported. Perincek said Ersever was killed in order to cover up his role in the plane accident which resulted in the death of Gendarmerie General Commander Esref Bitlis. Perincek said he had looked into the circumstances surrounding the death of Bitlis and had spoken to

Turkish Daily News

ANKARA- Dogu Perincek, the chairman of Workers' Party (IP), testified at the Ankara State Security Court (DGM) on Friday that Major Cem Ersever was killed in order to cover up another murder, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Perincek said Ersever was killed in order to cover up his role in the plane accident which resulted in the death of Gendarmerie General Commander Esref Bitlis.

Perincek said he had looked into the circumstances surrounding the death of Bitlis and had spoken to specialists.

"The plane did not crash because of pilot error or a sudden frost. We took information from a source affiliated to General Staff Intelligence who claimed that Cem Ersever played an important role in the crash of Esref Bitlis' plane," Perincek claimed. "The same source said that in fact this incident was plotted by the CIA and the United States."

He alleged that Ersever was later interrogated by Abdullah Catli and his team at the Prime Ministry's target range and was killed in order to cover up the role he played in the assassination of Esref Bitlis," said Perincek after he had testified at the DGM.

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