On April 18, 2007, Muslims tortured and murdered three employees of the Zirve Publishing House, a Bible publishing house. “Who ordered the murder of Christians?,” by Orhan Kemal Cengiz for Today’s Zaman, July 3 (thanks to Twostellas):
I was telling you the story of Ä°lker Ã‡Ä±nar who was employed by the National Strategies and Operations Department of Turkey (TUSHAD), which is an undercover unit of the military, like JÄ°TEM, which also has strong connections with TUSHAD.
Ã‡Ä±nar penetrated the Christian community and gathered a lot of information, while he was pretending to be a missionary. He became a church leader, and upon receiving another order, he became “Muslim” again and launched a campaign against missionaries across the country.
From the second indictment of the Malatya massacre we also learnt that he was also ordered to work with the Malatya gendarmerie against missionaries. From the statements of Ã‡Ä±nar, who is now a confessor trying to receive immunity in exchange for the information he gave, we understand that Malatya was one of the centers from which psychological warfare against missionaries and Christians was being lead.
Ã‡Ä±nar gave quite a detailed account of how both the Malatya gendarmerie conducted this psychological warfare and how they paved the way for the Malatya massacre. Ã‡Ä±nar told us that he traveled to Malatya many times to join these “workshops.” In these workshops they produced many documents to be used for disinformation against missionaries. For example, some of these documents “prove” that missionaries are connected to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), whereas some “show” some links between them and the CIA. In fact, from 2005-2007 there were a lot of these kinds of rumors circulating in Turkey.
What is also amazing to see is how much the Malatya gendarmerie spent on this “job.” Ã‡Ä±nar said that he was given TL 100,000 (approximately equivalent to $55,000). Whenever he came to Malatya he stayed at the most luxurious hotel, and all his daily expenses were paid. Apparently, the Malatya gendarmerie spent a lot of money to monitor missionaries and to prepare black propaganda about them. Ã‡Ä±nar was only one of the persons they worked with.
While he was visiting Malatya for these workshops, he also witnessed preparations for another “operation.” Ã‡Ä±nar was not directly a part of this so-called operation, but through his frequent contacts with the gendarmerie, he became familiar with some details. In one of the meetings he saw that the gendarmerie commander took out large photos of Necati AydÄ±n, Tilman Geske and UÄŸur YÃ¼cel, who were killed on April 18, 2007. The gendarmerie commander had allegedly stated that a strong “message” was going to be sent to all missionaries across the country through the ones in Malatya.
Ã‡Ä±nar once witnessed Mehmet Ãœlger, gendarmerie commander, leave their meeting to talk to Varol BÃ¼lent Aral, who is now being tried in the Malatya massacre case for his role as an instigator. Ã‡Ä±nar once witnessed Ãœlger praising Emre GÃ¼naydÄ±n, prime suspect in the massacre, for his bravery and said that he was ready for his “task.” Ã‡Ä±nar found out that one of the workers at the Zirve Publishing House, in which the massacre was carried out, HÃ¼seyin Yelki, was actually working for the gendarmerie as an informant. Immediately after the murders, theology professor Ruhi Abat, who was receiving a salary from the gendarmerie for his anti-missionary work, told Ã‡Ä±nar on the phone, “We asked them to strike, but they went and killed them.” Abat is a close friend of Emre GÃ¼naydÄ±n’s father.
There are so many other details that basically show that the Malatya massacre was directly planned by the Malatya gendarmerie, apparently under direct orders by TUSHAD.