Turkish MP Faces Treason Charges after Telling RT ’ISIS’ Used Turkey for Transiting Sarin
An investigation on treason charges had been opened against a Turkish MP who alleged in an exclusive interview to RT that "ISIS" militants used Turkish territory as a transit route to deliver deadly sarin gas to Syria.
Ankara's Chief Prosecutor's Office opened the case against Istanbul MP Eren Erdem of Republican People's Party [CHP] after his interview about sarin was aired on RT on Monday. "Chemical weapons materials are being brought to Turkey and are being put together in Syria in "ISIS" camps, which was known as Iraqi Al-Qaeda at that time."
As Turkish media reported Wednesday, the prosecutor's office is planning to send a summary of proceedings to the Ministry of Justice on Thursday. Following that, the summary could be forwarded to the Turkish parliament, which could vote to strip Erdem of his parliamentary immunity.
Once Turkish mass-media reported the criminal investigation had been opened against Erdem, the hashtags #ErenErdemYalnızDeğildir - #ErenErdemYouAreNotAlone began to circulate in Turkish social networks.
On Tuesday, MP Erdem issued a written statement in his defense, saying he had become the target of a smear campaign because of his statements made in parliament.
As for his accusations about Turkish businessmen being involved in supplying "ISIS" with the poisonous gas sarin and other reactants needed for chemical warfare, Erdem maintained this statement was made based on the results of a Turkish court investigation in 2013.
Erdem revealed that five Turkish citizens had been arrested by the Adana Chief Prosecutor's Office as a result of an investigation coded 2013/139. A Syrian national was prosecuted in Turkey for procuring chemical agents for Takfiri groups in Syria.
At the same time, Erdem noted all the persons arrested within the framework of the 2013/139 investigation were released a week later.
In his statement Eren Erdem claimed he had received death threats over social media following the publication of his interview to RT.
Source: RT, Edited by website team