Dec 08 2018

Head of intelligence briefed U.S. Congress, but not Turkish parliament, opposition MP says

The deputy head of the center-right nationalist Good (İYİ) Party criticised on Friday the head of Turkish intelligence for ignoring Turkish parliament and going to Washington to brief the members of the U.S. Congress on the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, left-wing Artı Gerçek reported.

Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) reportedly met members of the U.S. Congress in Washington on Friday to discuss the killing of Khashoggi, whose murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 has created an uproar around the word.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters on Friday that he knew Fidan had gone to Canada, but did not have any information about the intelligence head’s visit to the United States.

The deputy head of the Good Party, Aykut Çıray, said the murder of Khashoggi in Turkey was an insult to the Turkish state, while addressing Turkish parliament on Friday.

He said that in order to unveil the truth about the murder, Turkish Parliament had needed to be informed by the authorities and accordingly deputies of opposition parties had submitted a motion requesting a brief by the intelligence organisation, which was rejected by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“However, such requests were rejected dominantly by the deputies of the AKP and a parliamentary brief to be made by Mr. Fidan was prevented. The events indicate that there is a systematic and conscious behaviour aiming to undermine our parliament,” Çıray said.

The opposition lawmaker said that he had been shocked when he had heard the news that Fidan had gone to Washington to meet members of the U.S. Congress.

“If that is true, Mr. Fidan went to the United States without informing the president and informed American senators in the U.S. Senate, which is one of the wings of American national parliament, on this horrendous murder. In comparison, the disrespectfulness against the Turkish parliament is a humiliation,” Çıray said.