“Among others, are allegations that police fabricated evidence against the accused.”
(Even though he does not name us, it is evident from reading his column that he has our arguments in mind.)
This is wrong of course. We do not know who has fabricated the Sledgehammer documents. So we have certainly not pointed to the police as the culprit. We have no idea where Cengiz gets this idea from. We have referred instead in generic terms to an “organized gang” (çete, in Turkish) as the source of the forged documents.
We do believe the prosecutors have misused their authority in a number of respects. As we have repeatedly pointed out here, they have misinterpreted the available forensic reports, overlooked clear-cut inconsistencies, hid important pieces of documentary evidence from the defense, misrepresented their contents in the indictment, and have failed to interview key witnesses, such as Aytaç Yalman. We have filed legal complaints on these matters, with no response to date. (By the way, we have been consulting with numerous experts on the European Court of Human Rights, and are following up on all avenues that can be pursued.)
Cengiz also writes something that is quite astounding:
“Let me explain my position. I know most of these allegations are false and are a classic defense strategy by the accused in such cases.”
“I know most of these allegations are false,” he says. His certainty is astonishing. We would love to hear from him how he can explain the dozens of anachronisms we have identified in the Sledgehammer documents. In fact, we would be pleased to correct any “allegation” we have made in this blog that he can show to be false.
Cengiz was one of three authors of the July 2010 report titled “Ergenekon is Our Reality.” We wrote a series of critiques of this report (see here and the links therein), which we found to be an evident attempt to obfuscate the inconsistencies in the prosecutors’ charges. But we also went one step further and invited Cengiz (and his co-authors) to an open debate. We received no response.
We actually doubt that Cengiz knows much about the details of the Sledgehammer case – and if he does, we would ask that he respond to the questions we posed above. So we are puzzled that he would be so sure about his facts (“I know most of these allegations are false”). In any case, we are happy to renew our invitation to him for an open debate and discussion.