Article TitleTurkish Vengeance Brigade Founder Detained, Alleged Connections With Generals
SourceWNC: Zaman, April  02, 2007
Place of PublicationIstanbul, Turkey
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Turkish Vengeance Brigade Founder Detained, Alleged Connections With Generals

Report: "TIT Founder Gulaltay Detained on Gang Charges"

Turkish Vengeance Brigade Founder Detained, Alleged Connections With Generals Founder of the TIT [Turkish Vengeance Brigade] organizationSemih Tufan Gulaltay and 18 men have been detained in an operation mounted byIstanbul police. Gulaltay, who was under technical surveillance forapproximately 18 months, was taken into custody on charges of forming acriminal organization. It has been asserted that wire taps of telephoneconversations identified Gulaltay speaking with retired generals. Teams belonging to Istanbul Police, which had receivedinformation that Sehim Tufan Gulaltay was the person who had incited theassassination attempt on Akin Birdal and founded the TIT, launched a plannedoperation called "Pawn." A court order was obtained and surveillancewas placed on the telephones of former Chairman of the National Unity PartySemih Tufan Gulaltay and other gang members. The operation based on a crimefile of 22 charges including kidnapping, IOU collecting, cause for death,wounding and extortion was launched the other night. A total of 19 people were detained in the raids on SemihTufan Gulaltay's workplace in Maltepe and seven separate addresses. Sixunlicensed pistols said to belong to the gang members as well as a largequantity of ammunition were seized. Police also seized three computersbelonging to Semih Tufan Gulaltay. The computers are being studied by theComputer and Information Processing Branch. It is alleged that Semih Tufan Gulaltay and other gangmembers held telephone conversations with several retired generals. Theprosecution has granted an extra day of custody. [Description of Source: Istanbul Zaman (Internet Version-WWW) in Turkish -- moderate pro-Islamic daily supportive of Nurcu Sect leader Fethullah Gulen; URL: http://www.zaman.com.tr/]
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