Cumhuriyet daily’s editor-in-chief summoned to testify in MİT truck probe

The investigation was launched after Cumhuriyet published the photos of arms in May, which it said were transferred to Syria in trucks operated by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).

In a tweet posted on Thursday, Dundar announced that he and Cumhuriyet’s Ankara representative Erdem Gul would go to the İstanbul Courthouse on Thursday to testify after a request from the public prosecutor.

The trucks in question were intercepted by the gendarmerie on two occasions in January 2014 after prosecutors received tip-offs that they were illegally carrying arms to Syria. There have been allegations that the arms were going to extremist groups fighting against the Syrian regime. Ankara, on the other hand, insisted that the trucks were carrying aid to Syrian Turkmens and branded their interception as an act of “treason” and “espionage.”

The photos, published on the daily’s front page in late May, show steel containers filled with mortar shells and ammunition underneath boxes of medicine. The daily also published a video showing the containers on trucks being opened and searched by gendarmerie.

Cumhuriyet said the trucks’ cargo included 1,000 shells, 1,000 mortar shells, 50,000 machine gun bullets and 30,000 heavy artillery bullets.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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