Turkey: Court Says Reporters Wrongly Arrested For Exposing Spy Agency Weapons Shipments to Syria
WTF NEWS – The top court in Turkey has decided that the government violated the rights of two popular newspaper editors who were arrested on terrorism charges for reporting on a weapons shipment to Syria by Turkey’s MIT spy agency. Cumhuriyet Daily Editors Can Dundar and Erdem Gul were arrested in November 2015 for publishing photos and video of weapons shipments being sent by intelligence officers to opposition fighters in Syria. The Turkish government lied about the incident at first, claiming the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid.
The two are expected to be released pending trial. “The constitutional court has ruled that there is a rights violation. An immediate appeal will be made. We are expecting their release,” said Tahir Ozyurt, Cumhuriyet Daily’s acting editor-in-chief.
Dundar and Gul still face the original charges of intentionally aiding an armed terrorist organisation and publishing material in violation of state security.
The situation was best explained by Dundar himself in an opinion article for England’s Guardian newspaper, written in December 2015 after his arrest.
Early in 2014, a truck understood to belong to the Turkish intelligence service (MIT) was stopped near the Syrian border. The gendarmerie and the intelligence officials in control of the convoy pulled guns on each other. This was the moment the two blocks vying to rule the state came face to face. The truck was searched. Beneath the camouflage composed of medicines boxes, weapons and ammunition were found. The truck was held for a while, but following the intervention of government officials a safe passage into Syria was granted.
The government immediately discharged the prosecutor and gendarmerie who stopped the convoy and had them arrested. It was declared that the trucks contained humanitarian aid. This incident, which fuelled allegations that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government was intervening in the Syrian civil war, was rapidly covered up.
During the 5 years of Syria’s proxy war, many have claimed that NATO member and American “ally” Turkey was directly aiding Al Qaeda and Islamic State in Syria.
This is not the first time reporters have neen targeted for exposing Turkey’s aid to Syria’s opposition, including ISIS.
American reporter Serena Shim was killed in Turkey on October 19, 2014. Shim claimed to have video proof of Islamic State in Turkey using vehicles from the United Nations World Food Program. The Turkish government called her a spy and 2 days later, Turkish officials claimed she was killed in a strange car accident. The White House has been covering up her murder and US President Barack Obama has never addressed the issue.
BBC reporter Jacky Sutton was found dead in a bathroom at Istanbul airport on October 19, 2015, exactly one year to the day after Serena Shim was killed. Sutton was on her way to the heart of Islamic State’s oil transport region in northern Iraq which borders eastern regions of Syria and Turkey.
Last week, Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah was arrested with no charge specified near Turkey’s border with Syria. Prior to his arrest, Jarrah had returned from covering Syria’s war and he was reporting on the Russian campaign to support Syria’s government. Jarrah has since been released and explained in a Facebook post that he was arrested without charges.
“To this moment I have not received a direct or official explanation of why I was arrested,” he wrote on Facebook. Jarrah was transferred to another prison to be held with Islamic State terrorists according to IB Times.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been under increasing criticism for hiding the government interference in the Syria proxy war, with mainstream newspapers like Guardian beginning to question the situation.
Evidence was eventually confirmed including direct links to the son of President Erdogan (Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey’s President ).
Around the same time Dundar and Gul were arrested, many reports began to detail the scale of Turkey’s cooperation with the Islamic State oil trade in addition to the weapons aid to opposition terrorists.
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