Nov 27 2017

Turkish politician promoted one week, charged with terrorism the next

Last week, former Turkish member of parliament İdris Şahin announced on Twitter the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) had appointed him to an important role in the party. This week, he stands accused of terrorism charges.

The former deputy for the largely rural province of Çankırı, 140 km northeast of Ankara, is accused of “knowingly and willingly aiding” the Gülen movement, a group the Turkish government accuses of masterminding last year’s failed coup, the Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

According to the indictment, quoted by the newspaper, Şahin attended multiple top-level meetings of the group and funded it to the tune of 300,000 lira ($77,000).

But just last week Şahin, not to be confused with former Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin, had tweeted that he was appointed deputy director of the local authorities directorate within the AKP – an appointment that has either not been added to the party’s website or has since been removed.