Ercan Gün Violated the Constitution
The prosecution demanded aggravated life imprisonment for Ercan Gün in its statement on the murder of Hrant Dink. The prosecutor’s office also demanded jail time for Gün from 7,5 years to 15 years on the grounds that he violated the constitution. Gün was still receiving a salary as the “news editor” in Fox TV when he was arrested and continued to receive for the following 1,154 days. This incident provoked a reaction from Turkish society and was put an end to only with the warning issued by the Radio and Television Supreme Council. Ercan Gün is not the only FETO-affiliate for whom the prosecution seeks jail time in the muder of Hrant Dink which was one of the biggest sins of FETO in the course of events that ended in the July 15 coup attempt. The prosecutor’s office had also demanded aggravated life imprisonment for Ali Fuat Yılmazer, a former FETO-affiliated police chief, and life imprisonment for Ramazan Akyürek, another former FETO-affiliated police chief known as the “golden boy” of FETO, as part of the trial.
He Fulfilled FETO’s Orders
Ercan Gün who quit his job in Zaman, FETO’s flagship newspaper, before the murder of Hrant Dink and transferred to Fox TV, the Turkish branch of the US-based Fox TV, manipulated the public opinion in accordance with the orders of FETO. He was the name who published the picture of Ogün Samast, the murderer of Hrant Dink, holding the Turkish flag. The murder was also plotted by FETO. Ercan Gün struggled to whitewash FETO in the aftermath of the murder of Hrant Dink and he met prominent names of FETO such as Ekrem Dumanlı, Faruk Mercan and Adem Yavuz Arslan 11 days after the murder to receive orders. It was claimed that Halil İbrahim Koca, then-lawyer of İstanbul Police Department, was also present in the meeting. It was determined that Koca, still a fugitive living in the UK, was among the top cadre of FETO. Adem Yavuz Arslan, another fugitive FETO-affiliate, wrote a book to spread propaganda about the murder of Hrant Dink. He is also among the fugitive suspects in the trial of the murder of Hrant Dink.
He Paved the Way for Ergenekon Investigations
The news reports published by Ercan Gün paved the way for both screening the crimes committed by the terror organization and beginning Ergenekon investigations.
It was also revealed that Gün was a ByLock user – an encrypted mobile chat application programmed and used by FETO affiliates. Fatih Portakal and İsmail Küçükkaya, news anchors at Fox TV, insisted to remain silent over the role played by their “friend”, whom they saluted frequently, in the murder of Hrant Dink.