January 16, 2017
Indictment alleging 8 suspects for involvement in “misconduct and collecting money for a terrorist organisation” at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) was accepted on Wednesday by Ankara 2nd Heavy Penal Court.
Indictment included Ali Veysel Tunc, Ersin Guclu, Vedat Kucuk, Mustafa Tatli, Vedat Babacan, Huseyin Yavus, Murat Goksen and Bekir Konya, and other three suspects in the case were released by the court pending judicial controls.
On April 28, 16 suspects have been detained by police over charges of “illegal hiring to the council, collecting money for a terrorist organisation, forming and being a member of a terrorist organisation, and damaging public property.”
The case was filed after the complaints of three plaintiffs who claimed their employment at TUBITAK provided by members of Gulen Movement that use code names and that they were “forcefully made donations” to the Movement under the name of “himmet (favour).”
According to the indictment, the suspects also collected 500 Turkish liras (roughly $200) from the salaries of complainants during years of 2011, 2012 and 2013, and that they were blackmailed with dismissals from jobs if they did not donate. In addition, the complainants were forced to subscribe to newspapers and magazines published by media organs of the Movement.
The suspects are also facing charges of “financing funding for the terrorist organisation.” (1)