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But, at the time, none of the conspiracy theorists and AKP supporters in the bureaucracy had the confidence to try again. 33 Ironically, Büyükanıt’s clumsy intervention of April 27, 2007, probably ultimately did greater damage to the military’s ability to exercise political 30 Author’s translation. pdf 31 Ibid. 32 Ibid. 33 In early summer 2006, in an alarming indication of the perceived prevalence of antiSemitism in Turkey, some AKP supporters did try again to discredit Büyükanıt by forging documents which purported to show that he was of Jewish descent.

51 Ibid. 52 This would be news to many Kurds. Prior to 1991, it was a crime to use the word “Kurd” and both the writing and speaking of Kurdish were illegal, even when – as was the case in some isolated rural areas – the local populace knew no other language. ” Today’s Zaman, February 14, 2008. 54 Ibid. Between Fact and Fiction: Turkey’s Ergenekon Investigation 47 up an implausibly large number of suspects who appeared to have nothing in common except their outspoken opposition to the AKP. There were also occasions when the timing of the waves of arrests coincided with the AKP coming under pressure – which led the government’s opponents to accuse investigators of using the Ergenekon investigation to exact revenge for the closure case.

The police also found a chart in Güney’s handwriting which appeared to name Veli Küçük as the leader of Ergenekon and suggest that other members included former Prime Minister Tansu Çiller, several prominent Jewish businessmen, leading journalists and various serving and retired the members of the Turkish military. 65 Since the Ergenekon investigation broke, most of the transcripts and some of the recordings of Güney’s interrogation have leaked into the public domain. 67 Although there are some inconsistencies between the transcripts and the recordings – which may be merely attributable to the incompetence of the transcribers – the general tone and subject matter are the same.

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