Can Dundar’s wife: Arrest is part of crackdown on free media

Dundar and Cumhuriyet’s Ankara Bureau Chief Erdem Gul were arrested late on Thursday by the 7th Penal Court of Peace based on reports in Cumhuriyet regarding weapon-laden National Intelligence Agency (MİT) trucks allegedly en route to Syria.

Speaking to the press after the hearing on Thursday night, Dilek Dundar said: “We are going to continue to resist [government oppression] and we are going to win. That is a crackdown on the media. They always crack down on us.”

“I would say, we have resisted successfully. I want everybody to be strong,” Dundar added.

Gul’s mother, Fatma Gul, also spoke to the press in front of the courthouse following the arrest and said, “I have raised my three children by harvesting tea leaves and nuts. My children don’t engage in wrongdoing.”

The articles, published on Cumhuriyet’s front page in May, claimed that MİT was caught twice smuggling weapons into Syria in 2014. The trucks were allegedly stopped and searched by police, with photos and videos of their contents obtained by Cumhuriyet.

According to the paper, the trucks were carrying six steel containers, with 1,000 artillery shells, 50,000 machine gun rounds, 30,000 heavy machine gun rounds and 1,000 mortar shells. The arms were reportedly delivered to extremist groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Ankara wants ousted from power.


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