Former prosecutor Fikret Seçen, who was in charge of conducting the Ergenekon and Balyoz investigations during his post as the Istanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor, went to the Netherlands two days before an Istanbul court imposed a travel ban on him [on November 26], according to a report published by the Anadolu Agency.
Former prosecutor Seçen came to public attention with the Ergenekon and Balyoz investigations that he was overseeing. In January, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), Turkey's top judicial body, reappointed Seçen, along with 20 other judges, and reassigned him to the Çorum Public Prosecutor's Office.
On November 26, an Istanbul court imposed an international travel ban on Seçen, two days after he was suspended by the HSYK. And according to a report published by Anadolu Agency on Monday, Seçen went to the Netherlands on the same day as he was suspended from duty.
The Ergenekon and Balyoz trials -- alleged networks of prominent figures accused of overthrowing the government -- saw hundreds of suspects, including military officers, journalists and businesspeople , imprisoned on charges of forming a terrorist organization.
Suspects, held in pre-trial detention for years without tangible evidence, were released last year after legal amendments limited such detentions.
Many reports claimed that the trial was reportedly the joint work of infiltrators of the controversial Gülen Movement in the judiciary and police, conducted to stifle opposition to the ubiquitous group that evolved into a politically motivated juggernaut from a simple religious congregation. The lead prosecutor in the Ergenekon case, Zekeriya Öz, who fled Turkey in August, is also believed to be affiliated with Fethullah Gülen.