As many times as you want, but Turkish courts will still not listen.
The evidence behind the Sledgehammer mass trial has already been thoroughly discredited. To any but the most jaundiced mind, it is patently obvious that the coup plan called Sledgehammer never existed, and that it was concocted by forgers to frame the officers currently on trial. That the investigators, prosecutors, and the judges themselves have turned a blind eye to the incontrovertible evidence pointing to fabrication makes this the most significant sham trial of the 21st century (so far at least).
The most recent confirmation of the forgery has come from a series of reports produced by U.S. forensics firm Arsenal Consulting. Arsenal uncovered evidence that the infamous CDs 11 and 17 – containing the Sledgehammer plan, its annexes, and side operations – had been forged. The documents carry 2002-2003 dates and the CDs appear to have been finalized and burned in March 2003. Yet the digital files carry references to fonts and schemas not introduced until 2006. Arsenal found similar backdating on additional coup-related files in a hard drive recovered from a storage area in a naval base as well. These were apparently loaded onto the hard drive after the drive had been detached from its original computer and backdated to make them appear contemporaneous with the fictional coup plans.
Arsenal has now issued a third set of findings, related to other digital files in the case. The new report covers a CD, recovered from the same storage area in the naval base, containing files mostly identical to those in CD 11. It also covers a thumb drive police claim to have found in a retired air officer’s house in Eskisehir (but which was almost definitely planted). Predictably, the tell-tale signs of forgery are all over these documents as well. From the executive summary:
“Arsenal has concluded that dates and times related to at least 65 documents found on Gölcük [naval base] CD No. 1 have been forged. Arsenal has also concluded that dates and times related to the creation of Gölcük CD No. 1 have been forged. The earliest that Gölcük CD No. 1 could have been created is mid 2006. Arsenal has serious concerns about the authenticity of all the documents on Gölcük CD No. 1 due to the evidence tampering that has been uncovered thus far.”
Arsenal’s new report can be downloaded here.
These digital documents are the only evidence prosecutors have produced to link the defendants to a coup plot, which they charge was hatched in 2002-2003. There is now incontrovertible proof that these documents were in fact produced years later to implicate the defendants. (Aside from digital forgery, the documents contain countless anachronisms — names of organizations, firms, military vessels and bases that didn’t yet exist — and numerous physical impossibilities — many defendants have showed they were out of the country on the dates they were supposed to have prepared the documents or attended meetings. The “handwriting” on CDs 11 and 17 has been shown to be forged as well.)
This means the court is not just negligent, but complicit in the framing of the defendants.