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Veli Küçük (born 9 May 1944, Türkmen, Gölpazarı, Bilecik, Turkey[1]) is a retired Turkish brigadier-general. He is thought to be the founder of the JİTEM intelligence arm of the Turkish Gendarmerie, and is accused by the Turkish government of being the head of the Ergenekon organization, based on testimony by Tuncay Güney.[1][2] He was arrested in January 2008,[3] and on 5 August 2013, sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Career[]

Küçük graduated from the Turkish Military Academy in 1965. He was promoted to Brigadier-General in 1996, and retired on 30 August 2000.[4]

Küçük is thought to be the founder of the JİTEM intelligence arm of the Turkish Gendarmerie.[1]

Susurluk[]

Küçük is said to be the last person to have spoken to Abdullah Çatlı before his death in the 1996 Susurluk car crash, and to have communicated extensively with Çatlı, Drej Ali and Sami Hoştan.[5]

Ergenekon[]

Küçük is accused by the Turkish government of being the head of the Ergenekon organisation, based on testimony by Tuncay Güney.[1][2] He was arrested in January 2008.[3] Cem Ersever's archive was found in Küçük's house.[6]

Küçük is said to have close links with Alparslan Arslan, the shooter in the 2006 Turkish Council of State shooting.[7]

During the Ergenekon trials both Muzaffer Tekin and Oktay Yıldırım kissed Küçük's hand in court, as a traditional sign of respect.[8]

On 5 August 2013 he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.[9]

References[]

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