Complainant in ‘Tahşiyeciler’ case admits writing book praising suicide bombers

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The complainant in a case, in which dozens of suspects, including journalists, are facing charges of membership in a terrorist organization for allegedly framing the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Tahşiyeciler, admitted having written a book which praises suicide bombers.

On Monday’s trial, the complainant, Mustafa Kaplan gave a sworn testimony in the İstanbul 14th High Criminal Court. There are currently a total of 33 suspects, 10 of them arrested pending trial, including Samanyolu Broadcasting Group General Manager Hidayet Karaca, involved in the case.

The lawyers of the defendants asked Kaplan if a book titled “Reddül Evham” was written by him and he accepted that the books was his. Then the lawyers asked if he support suicide bombers as the book does and Kaplan answered, “I support whatever the book says.”

The lawyers reminded the court that the book says it is permissible for a suicide bomber to blow himself up even if there is a muslim child in the area where he blows himself up.

In an operation on Dec. 14, 2014, former Zaman Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı, Karaca and a number of soap opera scriptwriters and police officers were detained on charges of terrorism and membership in an organization that conspired against Tahşiyeciler, based on a speech by Turkish Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gülen in 2009 in which the scholar warned against a group that “might” be called Tahşiyeciler and whose leader, Mehmet Doğan, had publicly praised Osama bin Laden.

The prosecutors who ordered the Dec. 14 detentions claim that following Gülen’s speech, Dumanlı ordered two columnists to write about Tahşiyeciler and that he published a news report on the speech. The allegations also claim that Samanyolu TV made implications about the group in an episode of a soap opera it broadcast. It is further claimed that the police then “unfairly” raided the group.

Previous reports by police intelligence, military intelligence and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) had described Tahşiyeciler as a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda.

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