Bulgaria-Based Turkish Ex-Colonel Plotted Erdogan Assassination - ReportWorld | February 1, 2011, Tuesday // 20:58| views
A retired Turkish colonel residing in Bulgaria might have ordered thet Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan be murdered back in 2007. Photo by BGNES
A retired Turkish colonel now residing in Bulgaria has ordered that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan be murdered, according to Turkish media.
"In July, 2007 information surfaced of an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Erdogan. The order was supposedly given by a retired colonel in Bulgaria and General Ibrahim Chechen, the author of the 'Red Book' assisted in bringing in two individuals from Chechnya for the task," says a written document provided by the Turkish intelligence (MIT ) to the court responsible for hearing the Ergenekon plot case, as cited by the Sabah daily.
Ergenekon is the name given to an alleged clandestine, ultra-nationalist organization in Turkey with ties to members of the country's military and security forces. The group, named after Ergenekon, a mythical place located in the inaccessible valleys of the Altay Mountains, is accused of terrorism in Turkey and organizing a plot to topple the Turkish government.
The Ergenekon coup plot case has led to the detainment of over 600 suspects, of whom more than 400 have been formally charged.
Alparslan Arslan, an Ergenekon plot suspect convicted for murdering Turkey's Council of State member Mustafa Y?cel ?zbilgin on May 17 2006 at the nation's supreme courtroom on May 17, has paid a visit to a retired Turkish colonel living in Bulgaria prior to the attack, MIT has revealed, mentioning it was the colonel who ordered the assassination.
According to the Sabah article, the same Turkish colonel based in Bulgaria has plotted an assassination attempt against Erdogan.
The Bulgarian connection has allegedly been provided by an individual nicknamed MIT Mete, probably Mete Yalazangil, who was arrested and subsequently released in connection to the Ergenekon case. Mete has reportedly used telephones registered to foreigners in Turkey and both Turkish and Azeri passports.
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