April 20, 2015

Kocaoğlu slams ‘insane’ investigation against Kimse Yok Mu

The audacious “terror” investigation conducted against the internationally-decorated Turkish charity organization Kimse Yok Mu by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office continues to be slammed across the board as part of a purely political witch-hunt.

The baseless and defamatory armed terror charges against the organization came to light recently when Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Musa Yücel issued a subpoena to Kimse Yok Mu’s management, asking for information regarding the charity’s aid activities for Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, an important Muslim celebration.

When Kimse Yok Mu’s lawyers went to the Ankara Courthouse to find obtain details, they discovered that the investigation included charges of being an “armed terrorist organization,” however were unable to examine the contents of the file due to court-ordered confidentiality of the case.

Turkish Democracy Foundation former President and Motherland Party (ANAP) 21st term deputy Emre Kocaoğlu states that the investigation against Kimse Yok Mu went even further than being just political adding that the case showed the “paranoid delusions” guiding the policies of the government.

“If they [the government] are trying to press terror charges against an aid organization, which is appreciated in all over the world, they might as well include me in the investigation,” Kocaoğlu said in a tone of irony, adding “it would serve as an honor and official recognition of my goodwill.”

Underlining Kimse Yok Mu as well as Turkish schools across the globe, affiliated with the Hizmet movement, inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen; Kocaoğlu added “Those institutions are being lauded across the globe. Ironically, while officials in Turkey are trying to badmouth these institutions, foreign leaders are calling for more to be opened. The [Turkish] government has gone truly crazy.”

Stating that Turkey’s ruling government is afraid and jealous of the success of the Kimse Yok Mu’s international operations, Kocaoğlu added “the government is unable to make any contribution to the world, and is therefore jealous of others who are doing well across the globe.”

Earlier this year Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had pressed ahead with campaigning the closure of Turkish schools in African countries saying “in the countries we visit we have been talking about the status of these schools and saying they should be closed down.”

Kimse Yok Mu has presence in 113 nations directly providing aid to 300 thousand. The nonprofit has regularly passed inspections with flying colors. The charity organization has also engaged in relief programs in partnership with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Published on BGNNews, 20 April 2015, Monday