Jun 12 2018

Turkish supreme court head linked to top coup suspect

The head of Turkey’s Supreme Court spoke on the telephone with Ali Çelik, a key member of the Gülen movement, 93 times between 2010 and 2015, Müyesser Yıldız wrote for left-nationalist news site OdaTV.

Members of the Gülen movement, an Islamic sect whose leader lives in Pennsylvania in the United States, within the military are believed to have carried out a July 2016 failed coup attempt in the country.

Çelik also spoke on the phone with Adil Öksüz, now the number two suspect in the coup attempt, twice in the same period, according to court records, Yıldız said.

Said to have been a key figure in the financial affairs of the movement, Çelik fled the country on August 25, 2015 as the government began cracking down on movement members.

His phone records also document four calls with İlhan İşbilen, a former parliamentarian for the ruling Justice and Development Party who has been given a life sentence in a court case against Gülen movement members.

Yıldız asked why Turkish Supreme Court President İsmail Rüştü Cirit spoke to Çelik 93 times.

“What could be the reason behind this great amount of conversation?” she asked.