Mümtaz'er Türköne

Mümtaz'er Türköne

An unconditional supporter of the Turkish government has again and again raised a controversial issue: Professor Mümtaz’er Türköne, one of the main ideologues of the FETÖ, should be brought to trial, judged "fairly", and released.

Türköne, who was arrested a few months after the July 15, 2016, coup attempt, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The main motive of Bahçeli’s proposal was that Türköne was "the elder brother of a martyr" (I could not see such an article in the Criminal Code). An unconditional supporter of the government makes a proposal that confuses several sides on an issue in which the great partner of the government is so sensitive and uncompromising that we can list them as follows: 1) Mümtaz’er Türköne was one of the main ideologues of the FETÖ in all areas.

He had a daily column in the FETÖ’s newspaper, spoke every day not only on the FETÖ’s channel but also on other channels close to the government by intimidating others, spoke about the "abolition of the Turkish army" and the awarding of the rank of "general" to the leader of the PKK terrorist organization, who was sentenced to life imprisonment.

“He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens” and the fact that the main ideologue of an organization that attempted a military coup was sentenced to 10 years in prison is a sign of the mercy of the courts.

So on what basis does Devlet Bahçeli propose to judge this man again and most likely release him? 2) On July 15, 250 people were killed in the coup attempt. Among them are Erol Olçok, who had been successful in promoting Erdoğan and the AKP for 20 years, his 14-year-old son Abdullah Tayyip Olçok, and Professor İlhan  Varank (his brother Mustafa Varank is a minister), who was very close to Mr. Erdoğan.

Devlet Bahçeli puts aside the harsh reaction of the public for what interests and calls for the release of the main ideologue of the FETÖ? If the AKP leader and President Erdoğan react negatively to this, does he not take into account that the rope connecting the two in the "People's Alliance" could be broken?

Undoubtedly, a wolf-like politician like Devlet Bahçeli, who has been inseparable from the chair of his party for 23 years, is well aware of this. So why is he taking such a risky initiative?

The first reason is that all public opinion polls conducted in recent months show Bahçeli’s MHP rating (about 8%) as the lowest among the parties represented in parliament today.

Bahçeli is taking such a risky initiative "in order to bring back the nationalists of the 1970s" and sees no other way to raise the rating. The second reason may be the initiative to release FETÖ members under various names who did not take part in the July 15, 2016, military coup attempt by taking up arms.

Can Devlet Bahçeli take this initiative without the consent and permission of the President? It is not possible. Is it possible for the partners of the "People's Alliance" to take such an initiative together? Of course, it is possible. Recall that on the eve of the repeat elections to the Istanbul municipality on June 23, 2019, the Kurdish people were urged not to "vote for the opposition" by reading a letter from the head of the terrorist organization, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, in a state TV channel.

By not being sure about this, they took the wanted brother of the leader of the terrorist organization to the Kurdish channel of the state and had him made a similar statement. And the Turkish nationalist Devlet Bahçeli not only turned a blind eye to these initiatives of the ruling party but also supported them. Therefore, the statement of the MHP leader that "the elder brother of the nationalist martyr should be brought to justice again" should be taken seriously and deeply analyzed. Or does the process of softening against the ideological team of FETÖ begin under the motive of "the elder brother of the nationalist martyr"? By looking at examples from different angles, it seems that this is no exception.

Turkey's political scene has been in turmoil for 10 years, with unexpected processes replacing each other.

The reason is that in the referendum of September 12, 2010, the country's prosecutor's office and judiciary were handed over to one sect. That "sect" initiated a coup 6 years later...

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