- Turkish Authorities Collaborate With ISIS, While Journalists Are Persecuted
by Vladimir Odintsov, http://journal-neo.org/
Despite Turkish authorities strain every nerve to hide from the international community facts exposing close collaboration of Erdogan and his puppets with ISIS, plenty of evidence regularly surfaces in different media sources, including Turkish mass media. Those facts, which have already been published, should be sufficient for the International Criminal Court to deliver guilty verdict against Erdogan and his Cabinet on charges of oil trade with terrorists, support of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, arming of terrorists, training of militants in Turkish military camps and sending them to replenish units fighting in Syria and Iraq. Turkey should also be charged with orchestrating the flow of refugees coming from countries of the Middle East to Europe and destabilizing social welfare and economic stability in EU. Actually, even Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman does not dismiss the involvement of Turkey in oil trade with ISIS since, technically speaking, there is simply no other route for delivering oil out of Syria except through Turkey.
It should also be reminded that on January 19, 2014, a humanitarian convoy heading to Syria was detained by Turkish gendarmerie forces, and Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet published pictures evidencing that the convoy trucks were smuggling armaments for militants of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra instead of delivering humanitarian aid, and that the National Intelligence Organization (Turkey) was involved in the criminal act. To hide this fact, in November 2015, Turkish authorities arrested Can Dundar and Erdem Gul — journalists, who published this information — at the personal order of President Erdogan.
On January 27 this year, Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office completed an indictment with respect to these Turkish journalists on charges of the “receipt of secret information for the purposes of political and military espionage, its disclosure, anti-government activities and rendering of deliberate assistance to armed terrorist organizations.” In order to carry out the political put-up job ordered by Erdogan, Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office deliberately misinterpreted published by journalists of Cumhuriyet photos evidencing collaboration of authorities with ISIS, and offered its version of the case, according to which the journalists were “collaborating with the Gulenist Terror Organization (i.e. an organization of adepts of the Turkish religious and political oppositionist to the current authority, Fethullah Gulen, who now resides in the US). Understanding the absurdity of the indictment, the Public Prosecutor’s Office insists on the closed-door court hearing of the case and will seek maximum life imprisonment for the journalists, i.e. life sentence plus 30 more years of imprisonment.