Two non-commissioned officers were arrested in Famagusta on Sunday. The arrests were part of an operation involving investigations into FETO, described by authorities as a terrorist organisation linked to the cleric Fethullah Gulen, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ reports.
The two officers Adem and Ahmet Bilgen who are also brothers, appeared in court on charges of “possessing publications having the characteristic of propaganda regarding an illegal terror organisation” and “possessing illegal explosive material”.
The paper reports that during an investigation, the police had found books hidden in a well on a vacant plot of land in the Famagusta area. It is believed that the books belong to the two men who were arrested. The suspects will remain in custody for three days.
Afrika also notes that those who had bought and read Fethullah Gulen’s books when relations between FETO and President Erdogan were good, do not know how they will destroy these books now.
Meanwhile, commenting on the issue in his column in Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’, Cenk Mutluyakali wondered whether books or newspapers could become a “crime element” and described this kind of thinking as “very dark and fanatical”. “We are living with this in our country”, he wrote. He added that such developments may not be viewed as odd in Turkey, in which the field of democracy and freedom becomes narrower, fear prevails and the country is covered by darkness, but “we are not obliged to copy verbatim everything which exists there”.
Pointing out that even the books written Hitler, who was responsible for the deaths of more than 10 million people, are still sold in Germany, Mutluyakali expressed the view that a book is not evidence, regardless of its writer and that “murderers, dictators, criminals, gangsters and suspects are one thing and books are another”.
Afrika, Yeni Duzen