US EMBASSY DENIES ROLE IN ERGENEKON PROBE

Asbarez
Feb 1st, 2010

ANKARA (Anatolia News Agency)-A spokesperson with the United States
Embassy in Ankara has said the U.S. had no involvement with a probe
in Turkey over an alleged criminal network known as Ergenekon.

The spokesperson described the allegation as "ridiculous" in a written
statement on Monday, saying that the embassy could not comment on an
ongoing case in a Turkish court.

A national newspaper in Turkey reported that part of an indictment in
the Ergenekon probe alleged a car registered with the U.S. Consulate in
Istanbul had entered a military zone to take photographs in Istanbul's
Poyrazkoy district, the scene of an excavation that unearthed weapons
and explosives last April.

The spokesperson said they had no record of a consulate vehicle being
present at the site on April 7, 2009.

The Ergenekon gang was brought into the limelight after police seized
27 grenades, explosives and fuses in a shantyhouse in Istanbul on
June 12, 2007. The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office launched an
investigation into the weapons.

Police conducted operations in several provinces and detained a
number of people, including retired senior army officers as well
as officers on active duty, journalists and businessmen for their
alleged involvement in the network.

The gang is accused of conspiring to overthrow the Turkish
government by increasing instability in the country through political
assassinations.