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Turkey: Two lawyers arrested as part of probe into stopping of MİT trucks

February 21, 2016

Two lawyers arrested as part of probe into stopping of MİT trucks

(In January 2014, gendarmes stopped three Syria-bound trucks in the southern provinces of Adana and Hatay after prosecutors received tip-offs that the vehicles were illegally carrying arms to armed organizations in Syria. (Photo: DHA))

Two of the four lawyers for whom detention warrants were issued last week as part of an investigation into the January 2014 interception of Syria-bound trucks that the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) said belonged to it were arrested by an İstanbul court on Sunday.

Two of the lawyers, A.T.C. and B.M.Y, who were detained last week were arrested while the questioning of a third lawyer, S.A., was continuing. A fourth lawyer, F.Ö., has not yet been detained.

S.A. represents former Adana Gendarmerie Regional Commander Brig. Gen. Hamza Celepoğlu, who was among those conducting searches in early 2014 on MİT’s weapon-laden trucks en route to Syria. The general was arrested last November.

The lawyers are facing charges of being members of an armed terrorist organization, obtaining secret state information for political and military spying and attempting to overthrow the government of the Republic of Turkey through the use of force.