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Expert's Report Officializes the Forgery in Balyoz Trial

According to an expert's report brought to the Balyoz court where 230 Kemalist officers of the Turkish Army were judged, 944 files from the No.5 Harddisk which forms the basis of the accusations were found to be copied from an outsource in 6 different dates


The official expert's report regarding the suspicious "digital data" of the Balyoz Trial which was demanded by the Istanbul 4th. Anadolu High Criminal Court upon the decision of the Constitutional Court regarding "violation of rights" were brought to the court.

According to the report, all of the files in the No.5 Harddisk which was found by the police in the Gölcük Naval Command and has so far constituted a basis for the plot accusations towards 230 officers were found to be copied from an outsource (disk, CD/DVD, USB). According to the investigation, the No.5 Harddisk was opened with a PC of which the system time changed in 6 different dates and 944 of the files were found to be copied from the related PC. It was also reported that 114 new folders were created during this copying activities.

It was also reported that there are clear contradictions regarding the file creation and modification dates and file data do not reflect the actual date and time information. According to the report, 107 files were found to be copied to the No.5 Harddisk within 3 minutes.

Historical Process of the Balyoz Trial

It all began with the news of Mehmet Baransu on 20 October 2010 in Taraf Newspaper, where Baransu mentioned that a retired officer, whose identity was not revealed, brought him a suitcase full of documents. According to those documents, a coup plan had been implemented by the 1st Army Command in March 2003. Baransu brought the suitcase to the specially authorized prosecutor in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul on 30 January 2010. Following this the Kemalist commanders of the Turkish Armed Forces who opposed the ruling party, the AKP and their Islamization of Turkey, were arrested.

During the longest trial in the history of the Supreme Court, the digital evidence has been the subject of continuous debate. The defence lawyers argued that a large amount of the evidence is fake, and that conflicts exist in around 2000 separate issues. It has also been proven by observers from scientific organizations that the CDs which were presented as evidence for the trial were falsified, and some of the commanders accused of participating in the so called “coup meeting” were on overseas duty at the time. However, despite these well documented judicial indignities, Kemalists officers in Turkish Armed Forces were tried and sentenced en masse during the trials, widely claimed to have been overseen by government supporters.

Finally, the Balyoz trial has taken its place in the Turkish history as an unsuccessful attempt to liquidate the Kemalist-Secular forces inside the Turkish Armed Forces.

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