A number of the most important Turkish senior officers, as well as journalists and academics, were arrested and found guilty in the context of the Ergenekon trial, which has captivated the nation since 2008. They are accused of having worked for the Atlantic Alliance’s Gladio network, and having plotted a coup d’État against the Erdoğan government - an accusation which is particularly surprising given the links that existed between the AKP and Washington at that time.

However, it would seem that people who were arrested, far from obeying NATO, were trying to establish links between the Turkish Chiefs of Staff and the Chinese Peoples’ Army. This is the only explanation for the collective arrest of the leaders of a small left-wing Kemalo-Maoïst party, the Workers’ Party (İşçi Partisi) [1].

On the 21st April, the Supreme Court cancelled the trial in its entirety and the 275 convictions, on the grounds that the existence of the Ergenekon conspiracy had not been proved during the trial, and that the rights of the defence had not been respected.

Pete Kimberley

[1Turkey : The AKP’s Judiciary Coup”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 19 August 2013.