Istanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor İsmail Uçar prepared the indictment against 69 people, including Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and a number of police officers who oversaw a major government graft probe in 2013, on charges of “establishing an armed terrorist organization,” “attempting to overthrow the government by force and violence” and “publicizing confidential state documents.”
However Uçar’s indictment would be better suited for a comedy script, containing almost no legal language and being exactly 1453 pages long, a reference to the year the Ottoman Empire conquered Istanbul, a date romanticized by Justice and Development Party (AK Party) supporters.
Uçar’s use of references to Turkey’s War of Independence, an image frequently referenced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, stands out. Uçar frequently brings up lines such as “We are currently engaged in a War of Independence.”
In an effort to explain how the December 25th, 2013 corruption probe implicating senior members of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) including Erdoğan’s son Bilal was actually an attempted coup meant to topple the government, Uçar brings up the case of Adam’s sons Cain and Abel.
He then goes on to explain how Brutus betrayed Julius Caesar with the line "Et tu, Brute?"
He also brought up Caesar again while referring to a letter sent by Fethullah Gülen to then President Abdullah Gül, noting that the Caeser’s assassins had attempted to get the emperor to read a letter before everyone as they were plotting to kill him, “Fethullah Gülen was attempting to pacify the state with a letter calling for peace in the hopes of making it even easier for him to stage a coup.”
700 pages of the 1453-page indictment are simply filled with historic anecdotes and conspiracy theories. It mentions events and civilizations from the ancient era and the middle ages such as the Hittites, the Rashidun Caliphs era following Mohammed’s death, the Ottoman Empire, much of which are directly copied and pasted from online sources such as Wikipedia.
Referring to Istanbul as a “wonder of the world,” Uçar’s 1453-page indictment describes in long detail the conquest of the city.
It also cites as evidence of a coup plot an op-ed column by the editor of the pro-government Sabah daily referring to Frodo from Lord of the Rings: “But they forget this: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gets his support from the people, and those who attempt to steal the rug out from under him (just like little Sméagols attempting to steal Frodo’s ring) will fail. Let’s see who will be the victor of the final battle, of Armageddon?”
Published on BGNNews, 4 October 2015, Sunday
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