Secret witness ‘in fear of being revealed’

Secret witness ‘in fear of being revealed’

ISTANBUL - Doğan News Agency
A secret witness, known by the code name of “Emek,” in the ongoing Ergenekon coup trial’s last hearing Oct. 9 has reacted to the court board, claiming that “his identity is being disclosed by the chief judge.”

Following the confession of a secret witness in the case on Oct. 7 – shocking the Turkish public when revealed to be Şemdin Sakık, a former top militant of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – another secret witness said to be a PKK leader is accusing the chief judge of exposing his identity.

Chief Judge Hasan Hüseyin Özköse disclosed that the secret witness “Emek” had a “position in the PKK as the responsible person of the Marmara region,” a statement previously recorded in a testimony he gave in a police station.

“Emek” has responded to the statement thus: “You have now left me in a difficult situation. This is a very unsettling state from now on. This should not have been this way, something went wrong technically I suppose, you should not have said this. What are we hiding then?”

Özese said they were statements from his testimony at the police station.

In the Ergenekon case, secret witness’ voices and videos are shown to suspects, lawyers, press members and audiences cryptically on large screens.