Turkey. Ahmet Şik’s Statement in Court on 24 July 2017

I will begin by quoting the foreword of my book published three years ago, in 2014, titled We Walked These Roads in Parallel. The book was an investigation explaining the working of the mafia-like power pact between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Gülen Community. The foreword began:

The so-called ruling power, maintained by the union and mutual support of the AKP and the Gülen Community to transform Turkish politics and society, was a sewage system that exploded. The two powers, driven by the Machiavellian idea that the ends justify the means, built this ghastly phenomenon called New Turkey. The AKP and the Gülen Community then split.
Both are power centers that aim to grab control of the state and to establish their own authority, rather than democratizing the system and society. While they sought to create unshakable loyalty to the state they thought they would control in the long term, they battled their common enemies and, as we have seen, accumulated…

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