26 April 2012An İstanbul court has accepted a new indictment in the Ergenekon case, which mentions 14 suspects, including Mehmet Perinçek, the son of Workers' Party (İP) leader Doğu Perinçek who is currently jailed as a key Ergenekon suspect.
The İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment on Wednesday. Other suspects include Aydınlık newspaper employees Ruhsar Şenoğlu, Özlem Konur Usta and Caner Taşpınar. Ergenekon is a shadowy crime organization that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government.
In August of last year, counterterrorism units raided the offices of the İP and the Ulusal Kanal TV station, which is known for its connections to the İP, as part of an investigation into Ergenekon. The police reportedly acted on claims that the suspects had the transcript of a 2004 phone conversation between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) President Mehmet Ali Talat. The conversation was a cover story for the Aydınlık newsweekly -- a publication put out by the İP -- in 2009, which suggested that Ergenekon had wiretapped Erdoğan.