CHP Deputy General Chair Aykut Erdoğdu, appearing as KRT’s News Director Çağlar Cilara's guest, said that the HDP’s detained MP Selahattin Demirtaş was sincere in his efforts to finish terrorism and was being held in prison thanks to these efforts. Erdoğdu also said with reference to 15 July, “They knew there was going to be a coup.”
“Demirtaş was sincere in his efforts to finish terrorism and that’s why he’s in prison”
The CHP’s Aykut Erdoğdu gave some cutting replies to Çağlar Cilara's questions about Demirtaş’s defence testimony while appearing on the programme. Erdoğdu said, “I think I have personally seen and felt Demirtaş's efforts and sincerity over finishing terrorism. I think he was making efforts for that violence to end and is a sincere person. He may be in prison for his sincere efforts, for his efforts to finish terrorism.”
“Demirtaş should be in parliament and in politics and this is necessary to finish terrorism.”
“Our programmes are different and our thoughts are different from Demirtaş, but I think Demirtaş should be in parliament and in politics and I think this is a necessary thing to finish terrorism.”
“They are trying to divide us by engaging in Turkish or Kurdish nationalism”
“Whoever in this country stirs up nationalisms and tries to draw us apart by engaging in Turkish or Kurdish nationalism, this means they want to divide us. Let those who think they will solve the problem by throwing members of parliament in jail look to the past and consider the fate that befell those who thought they would solve the problem by doing this. Those who undertake such procedures feel themselves to be very strong while doing so but in the end the river of history flows along a valley and they will all be like rocks rolling along in that river of history and will be deeply ashamed on that day.”
“They knew there was going to be a coup”
The CHP’s Aykut Erdoğdu, saying there was very arresting information in the CHP’s report on the 15 July coup attempt, gave a summary of the report on being asked. According to Erdoğdu, the government knew there was going to be a coup and did not intervene.
Erdoğdu said, “They knew there was going to be a coup. You see, this is pretty much a matter of history. Both the National Intelligence Agency and the police as well as the General Staff were telling them. There is a report from the National Intelligence Agency four months prior to the coup saying they had established that Fetullahist officers were going to stage a coup. If you know there’s going to be a coup, did you use these 250 people as bait? How can you keep these people with access to arms? They tell you four months in advance they’re going to stage a coup and you wait and don’t intervene and then there’s a coup and then you take the coup and turn it into a countercoup and, after the countercoup, you start trying to chop the heads off of all those in the opposition saying you’re combatting FETO. I was bombed in parliament on that evening. While some people were hiding in shanty towns, some were going into tunnels and one person was awaiting developments in the air aboard a plane, seven bombs fell on that parliament of mine. We were the ones instilling courage in the AKP MPs there. Our entering parliament was the stuff of history. What happened in the end? It started with talk of FETO and the coup was turned into a weapon against everyone in the opposition, us included. They knew this coup was going to happen. There are the events on the day of the coup. We have established how they knew about this coup when they read the coup report and how the state was surrendered to FETO by the AKP.”
“Erdoğan gave the order to enter the cosmic room”
Erdoğdu, saying that the cosmic room, containing information about who will defend us if this country comes under occupation, was entered at President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's orders, said, “Even this is a very serious crime. Those who stole our secrets in our cosmic room were Fetullah Gülen and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The number one of FETO’s political leg is definitely Erdoğan. With them unable to divide the state among them, they made the impoverished citizenry pay the price.”
Aykut Erdoğdu continued his cutting comments as follows:
What did Fidan and Akar discuss face-to-face one day before the coup?
“It is known that, one day prior to the coup, the National Intelligence Agency Undersecretary and Chief of the General Staff spoke for six and a half hours in a pergola unaccompanied by their bodyguards following the Special Forces Command graduation ceremony and, on the next day, when the National Intelligence Agency Undersecretary came, according to the National Intelligence Agency Undersecretary’s and Second Chief of the General Staff’s testimony, Hakan Fidan called his protection director Muhsin at six o’ clock and said, ‘Mushin, have you got enough ammunition and armed men along with you? If there’s an attack from the air, land and sea, have you got enough forces to mount an adequate defence?’ This conversation was held at half past five or six on the evening of the day of the coup.”
“The Free Syrian Army has its roots in Al-Qaeda and Islamic State”
Aykut Erdoğdu also touched on the Afrin operation and singled out the Free Syrian Army in his comments.
“As a result of the government’s imbalanced, incorrect, inconsistent, self-seeking - but self- seeking in a partisan way - and sectarian policies, they are trying to correct these errors by making our Anatolian youth pay with their lives in Afrin. What was called for was to work to prevent this war from breaking out in Syria from the very outset and assist democratisation there. But we ..., with a group called the Free Syrian Army, and the Free Syrian Army has its roots in Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, this is the truth about the Free Syrian Army, let them refuse to accept it as much as they like.
“There is massive corruption on the Isle of Man”
Erdoğdu responded as follows to a question posed about the Isle of Man documents: “What did your retired teacher brother-in-law sell for fifteen million dollars? Let the heavens collapse over us if he likes, there is massive corruption on the Isle of Man. The entitlements of this country’s orphans were devoured on the Isle of Man. There will be a calling to account for it.”