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Sat Dec 26, 2015, 12:20 PM Dec 2015

Turkish MP faces treason charges after telling RT ISIS used Turkey for transiting sarin

Turkish MP faces treason charges after telling RT ISIS used Turkey for transiting sarin
Published time: 16 Dec, 2015 09:56Edited time: 16 Dec, 2015 17:33

Ankara’s Chief Prosecutor's Office opened the case against Istanbul MP Eren Erdem of Republican People's Party (CHP) after his interview about sarin was aired on RT on Monday.

"Chemical weapon materials were brought to Turkey and put together in ISIS camps in Syria, which was known as the Iraqi Al-Qaeda at that time."

Erdem noted that the chemicals used for the production of weapons did not originate from Turkey. “All basic materials are purchased from Europe. Western institutions should question themselves about these relations. Western sources know very well who carried out the sarin gas attack in Syria,” Erdem told RT.

As Turkish media reported Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office is planning to send a summary of proceedings to the Ministry of Justice on Thursday. Following that, the summary may be forwarded to the Turkish parliament, which could vote to strip Erdem of his parliamentary immunity.

Once Turkish mass-media reported the criminal investigation had been opened against Erdem, the hashtags #ErenErdemYalnızDeğildir - #ErenErdemYouAreNotAlone began to circulate in Turkish social networks.

On Tuesday, MP Erdem issued a written statement in his defense, saying he had become the target of a smear campaign because of his statements made in parliament.

He claimed he had received death threats over social media following the publication of his interview with RT, revealing the Turkish paramilitary organization Ottoman Hearths had published his home address on Twitter to enable an attack on his house.

“I am being targeted with death threats because I am patriotically opposed to something that tramples on my country's prestige,” said the MP.

As for his accusations about Turkish businessmen being involved in supplying Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) with the poisonous gas sarin and other reactants needed for chemical warfare, Erdem maintained this statement was made based on the results of a Turkish court investigation in 2013.

Erdem revealed that five Turkish citizens had been arrested by the Adana Chief Prosecutor's Office as a result of an investigation coded 2013/139. A Syrian national was prosecuted in Turkey for procuring chemical agents for Islamist groups in Syria. At the same time, Erdem noted all the persons arrested within the framework of the 2013/139 investigation were released a week later.

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Turkish MP faces treason charges after telling RT ISIS used Turkey for transiting sarin (Original Post) KoKo Dec 2015 OP
Turkish ‘traitor’ MP’s revelations on sarin transfers must be probed, reported to UNSC – Moscow KoKo Dec 2015 #1
"Paramilitary organization"? Nyan Dec 2015 #2


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1. Turkish ‘traitor’ MP’s revelations on sarin transfers must be probed, reported to UNSC – Moscow
Sat Dec 26, 2015, 12:22 PM
Dec 2015

Turkish ‘traitor’ MP’s revelations on sarin transfers must be probed, reported to UNSC – Moscow
Published time: 26 Dec, 2015 04:54

Russia has expressed hope that a joint OPCW-UN investigation of deadly sarin attacks in Syria will not ignore reports from a Turkish MP, who faces charges of treason for exposing Ankara’s alleged role in hiding ISIS-bound shipments of gas precursors.

The so-called Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) consolidated the efforts of the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with a mandate to identify people involved in the use of chemicals weapons in Syria under the Security Council resolution 2118.

“This specialized mechanism should thoroughly investigate the information provided by the Turkish parliamentarian in accordance with its mandate, and report back to the UN Security Council,”Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

The parliamentarian in question – Eren Erdem of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) – was accused of “betrayal” by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after telling the media that the Islamic State terrorists in Syria received all necessary materials to produce deadly sarin gas via Turkey.

Erdem revived concerns regarding a possible cover-up following the sudden termination of a local criminal case in Adana into the illegal shipments. Furthermore, Erdem argued that the West purposefully blamed the government of Bashar Assad for the August 2013 chemical attack in Ghouta that was used as part of the pretext to make US military intervention in Syria possible.

Noting Erdem’s attempt to shed light onto the hushed scandal, the Russian Foreign Ministry however said there was nothing striking in his revelations. In 2013, Zakharova recalled, a number of sources, including Turkish ones, reported the arrest of suspects involved in deliveries of chemical components and sarin precursors across Turkey’s border.

“Then the case, as we understand, was ‘soft-pedaled’, while the main suspects avoided prosecution and fled into Syria,” Zakharova said. “So Erdem’s revelations come for us, and not just us, as nothing new.”

Moscow wants to get to the bottom of sarin attacks in Syria, which were immediately pinned on the Syrian leadership without a proper investigation. The allegations and ramifications were so severe that Damascus immediately agreed to get rid of all chemical weapons stockpiles under a UN-brokered deal to avoid a US-led military intervention.

The unprecedented terror attack in the Damascus suburb that happened just several months after the botched Turkey investigation, saw the same chemicals used. It was an “evident attempt” to build a case again the Syrian army using a “home-made chemical charge” to fabricate “dubious evidence,” Zakharova said. She noted that not just Erdem, but also a number of “independent western experts” raised doubts about the narrative that had echoed in the western media.

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2. "Paramilitary organization"?
Sat Dec 26, 2015, 12:58 PM
Dec 2015

Sounds like he should flee for his safety. Erdogan is a vindictive magalomaniac.

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