Turkish man arrested for framing girlfriend’s father as ‘terrorist’
A 20-year-old man from Istanbul went on trial for framing his girlfriend’s father as a terrorist by hacking his computer, local media reported on June 15.
According to Turkish daily Habertürk, the young man, identified as Cemal A., was in a relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
The girl’s father, 42-year-old Mustafa D. had opposed the relationship, leading Cemal A. to come up with a plan to send the man to jail in order to meet his lover.
Cemal A. reportedly hacked his girlfriend’s father’s computer and seized his Turkish ID number. He then used them to send the police two e-mails in January.
“I will blow up Taksim Square. I swear I will finish off Turks, God willing,” Cemal A. wrote in the first e-mail, disguised as Mustafa D.
In the second e-mail, he told police the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had planted a bomb in a local school.
Security forces were quickly mobilized and the school was evacuated.
The anti-terrorism unit then called the girl’s father, Mustafa D., who thought he had been called by scam artists and hung up. This led the units to do an anti-terror raid of his home.
After being detained, the man managed to convince the police he had not sent the e-mails but that his daughter’s boyfriend could have done so.
Mustafa D. was released and Cemal A. was detained, admitting he had been the one who had sent the e-mails to frame the older man.
The man’s daughter also admitted to the plot, telling police her boyfriend had wanted “to take revenge on her father after he squeezed her arm during a quarrel between them.”
“He [Cemal A.] is good with computer systems,” she added.
Cemal A. was indicted for “slander” and “planning crimes,” which carries jail sentences up to seven years, daily Habertürk reported.