Gülenists used their educational center for exam fraud, report shows
by Yüksel Temel
ANKARAMar 29, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Yüksel Temel
Mar 29, 2015 12:00 am
The investigation report from the probe looking into the cheating scandal that allegedly took place in the 2010 Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS) shows that the Gülen Movement distributed the answers to the exam from one of their educational associations in the capital city of Ankara. Once the investigation deepened, infiltrators of the movement in the judiciary and police department allegedly warned the KPSS suspects, leading some of them to flee the country.
Officials investigated the hard drives of three computers seized in the association's building, and the investigation report shows that one of the prime suspects, Hanefi S., had personally contacted 138 movement members, all of whom answered all questions correctly.
An Ankara court on Friday ordered the arrest of 32 out of 62 Gülenist suspects, and the remaining 30 suspects were released, but the court said their fraud cases would remain under judicial review. The suspects have been accused of being members of a criminal organization, forging official documents, committing fraud, destroying evidence and abusing power.
U.S.-based, controversial imam Fethullah Gülen is the primary suspect in a prosecutor's indictment into cheating allegations concerning the KPSS in 2010. He is also mentioned as the prime suspect in illegal wiretapping activities by alleged members of the movement.
Arrest warrants have also been issued for the prime suspect, Gülen, and seven other suspects, all of whom have reportedly fled the country. According to expert reports, which analyzed and looked into digital tools of the suspects, the Gülen Movement-run Samanyolu Colleges General Secretary Cemil Koca and two other suspects' laptops showed detailed conversations held by a person from Pennsylvania, where Gülen resides. Reports show that a total of 107 conversations, a mixture of video and audio calls, were made. Koca is also the imam responsible for the movement's activities in central Anatolia, and he is designated among the "organizational leaders" in the indictment.Suspect Hanef S. Kasım reportedly left the country in November 2014, Berat K. in December and Cemil Koca, Şerif Ali T. and Ali Fuat Y. fled the country in February 2014, according to the investigation report.
Baki Saçı, who is among the suspects in the KPSS case, reportedly confessed that senior movement member Berat Koşucu, who fled the country two months ago, sent him the questions for the 2010 KPSS a day before the exam. In his testimony, Saçı reportedly said that Koşucu had called him to tell him to check his email. "I have a gift for you," he reportedly told Saçı, who had no access to the Internet in his village. The suspect added that he called a friend, Mustafa Süleyman İnanç, who works as a jeweler in the town, and asked him to access his inbox so that he could have a copy of the questions as well. İnanç, who was also detained in the KPSS operation, reportedly gave the same statement in his testimony.