U.S. denies involvement in probe into alleged criminal network in Turkey

09:22, February 02, 2010      

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A spokesperson of the U.S. embassy in Turkey said Monday the United States was not involved in a probe into an alleged criminal network known as Ergenekon in Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Allegation of the U.S. involvement was "ridiculous," the agency quoted the embassy as saying in a statement.

A Turkish newspaper cited an indictment in the Ergenekon probe and said a car registered with the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul entered a military zone last April to take photographs in an excavation site in Istanbul's Poyrazkoy district, where weapons and explosives related to the alleged criminal network had been unearthed, according to the agency.

The U.S. embassy said in the statement that it had no record of a consulate vehicle present at the site on April 7, 2009, the date mentioned by the newspaper.

The so-called Ergenekon gang was revealed after police seized 27 grenades, explosives and fuses in a house in Istanbul in June 2007, which was accused of conspiring to overthrow the Turkish government by stirring unrest in the country, said the Anatolia agency.

Source: Xinhua
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