'I was a victim of the Gülen Movement,' journalist says

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 24.07.2014 00:16
'I was a victim of the Gülen Movement,' journalist says

Nedİm Şener, a columnist at the Turkish daily Posta, who is known for reporting on corruption cases and the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, commented on Gülen-linked police officers being taken into custody. Şener was kept in pretrial detention for over one year and freed in March 2012, but he is still facing a 15-year sentence pending the outcome of his trial over a book he wrote about Gülenist police officers' misconduct in Hrant Dink's murder.

Regarding the Gülen-linked police officers taken into custody on Tuesday, Şener said, "for the first time the rift between the government and the Gülen Movement turned into a large operation. More than 100 police officers were taken into custody. I was one of the victims of this structure [the Gülen Movement] a while ago." Şener said that the movement and Gülen-linked police officers have made life difficult for him since 2009. Also, he said that Gülen-linked police officers have planted evidence in many people's houses in the past.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Sabah, Şener said in March, "I have written many books detailing corruption allegations against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his former Minister of Finance Kemal Unakıtan. I never felt that I would end up in jail. When I started to work on Gülenist police officers, [things] clearly changed."

He said, "These police officers had a case against me seeking a 32.5 year sentence but I was acquitted. Then they accused me of plotting an assassination against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son. I was wiretapped as well.

Finally they put me in jail for more than 375 days for being a member of a deep state organization called Ergenekon." Şener documented the connections of top police officers to the Gülen Movement in his books titled, "The Dink Murder and Intelligence Lies" (2009) and "Red Friday" (2011). The top police officers in question include Ali Fuat Yılmazer, who was head of the police intelligence unit and Ramazan Akyürek, head of the Trabzon Security Directorate, who headed up the investigation into Dink's murder in 2007, which was committed by Ogün Samast, a resident of Trabzon. Şener's accusations put him under the spotlight and led to what he described as a plot against him.

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