'Atatürk was murdered,' businessman claims, saying he has autopsy photos of the Turkish founder
This photo published by www.beyazgazete.com shows a doctor examining Atatürk's body after his passing.The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was murdered, claimed businessman and collector Muhammed Yüksel, who said he had photos and information which would "shake up the facts which we know."
During the "Dinamit" discussion program broadcasted on Beyaz TV Yüksel voiced his claims and shared his photos.
Atatürk's post-mortem photos, brought in by Yüksel, were broadcasted on the program. They showed a doctor examining the late leader's body. "I have pictures showing the dissection process as well, but I do not want to make them public. However, I can show them to you if you come visit me in Ankara," Yüksel told the host and guests at the program.
The autopsy photos he had in his possession only showed the dissection of Atatürk's torso but not his head, Yüksel said.
"The year was 1938 and autopsies were being carried out around the world. Death certificates were issued after the autopsies. There is no such certificate for Atatürk. Why is that?" he asked.
According to Yüksel, there is no blood sample left from Atatürk.
"Doctors said Atatürk's cause of death was heart failure due to cirrhosis, but they did not even take blood from his body." One of the doctors who was at Atatürk's autopsy admittedly said in his account of the event that they "could not dare take blood from Atatürk," Yüksel said.
The collector and businessman said he believed Atatürk was murdered. "What is the reason for not issuing a death certificate for a late president?" he asked. Yüksel said he obtained the photos from a source he could not disclose and even the Turkish General Staff did not have copies of them. "These photos were taken by a doctor who kept the pictures to himself at the time," he said.
Even a small sample from the late founder's body could today shed light on the founder’s actual cause of death, Yüksel said. "Is there a reason why the state would not investigate why he was murdered?" he asked.
Yüksel described himself as a collector of Atatürk pictures and said he kept these photos from the public eye so children would not see them as they were "saddening."