Court returns indictment against former TUBİTAK figures

The Ankara 2nd High Criminal Court recently returned the indictment to the Bureau for Crimes against the Constitutional Order of the Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the prosecutor office’s objection to the verdict was also rejected after an appeal to the Ankara 3rd High Criminal Court.

Murat Aydin, former head of Marmara Research Center (MAM), which is part of TUBİTAK, and Osman Kulak, another former high-ranking official from the same department, are being charged along with Altunbasak and Palaz with membership of a terrorist organization. The suspects are further charged with abuse of authority while in charge.

The Ankara Prosecutor’s Office will now review the indictment and resubmit it to court for approval.

Palaz is defined in the indictment as the head of the “terrorist group.”

He was removed from his post over claims that he was involved in the 2011 bugging of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office and study. Palaz was detained along with Hamza Turhan and Gokhan Vicil — two employees from TUBİTAK’s Advanced Technologies on Informatics and Information Security (BİLGEM) center — and then released as part of an investigation being conducted by Ankara Public Prosecutor Serdar Coskun.