Turkish gedarmerie forces checking the cargo of a Syria-bound truck in the southteastern province of Adana in this January, 2014 file photo. (Photo: Cihan)
A local court in the southern province of Adana issued a ban on media coverage of an ongoing trial into the interception of Syria-bound trucks that belonged to the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) by gendarmes acting on a prosecutor’s order, Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog announced on Wednesday.
In a press statement released on Wednesday, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) said the Adana 5th Court of Peace ruled on Wednesday that visual, print and online coverage of the investigation into the stopp and search of the Syria-bound trucks on Jan. 19, 2014, in Adana and on Jan. 1, 2014, in Hatay’s Kırkhan district is banned on the grounds that the investigation on the issue is still underway.
The court ruling comes one day after an anonymous Twitter account published new revelations in the case involving what appear to be illegal arms shipments by the Turkish spy agency to opposition groups in Syria.
A Twitter account with the handle @LazepeM published written proceedings related to the search and seizure of the MİT trucks based on suspicions that they were carrying weapons to Syria. The documents, which revealed the trucks were carrying weapons, were also published on many other websites, including on some Facebook accounts.
The prosecutor involved in the case is demanding aggravated life sentences for the 13 gendarmes involved, accusing them of putting national security at risk by stopping and searching the trucks and by revealing the identities of the MİT personnel on the trucks.