The Turkish government has for some time been under accusation for secretly supplying weapons to Jihadist groups active in Syria, starting from Isis. The president has always denied these allegations by reacting with retaliatory measures against the judiciary, military and police, the three organs that, according to Erdogan, are secretly working to overthrow the government.
In fact, just yesterday, the opposition newspaper “Cumhuriyet” published on its website fotos and videos that allegedly pin down the president. In a footage, particularly, some inspectors can be seen intent on examining a metal container mounted on a truck. It is here that the agents are supposed to have found bottles of antibiotics, some thousand mortarshells alongwith grenades and ammunition for various types of firearms.
All the material is supposed to have been manufactured in Russia and comes from various former Soviet republican states. It is presumed that its final destination, once having crossed the frontier, be Syria, to arm Jihadist fringes and other terrorist groups. The reports date back to two episodes when magistrates had ordered to check vehicles travelling beyond the Turkish border. The first, in November 2013, where only one truck had been checked, the second, instead, the following year where three trucks had been stopped that officially were supposed to be carrying humanitarian aid and as according to Erdogan, belonged to the MIT, the intelligence service. During the search, however, the agents put up resistance and even threatened the police.
The very same magistrates were arrested in early May and are currently in prison, some thirty public officials involved in the episode will be put under trial and all this is taking place just a few weeks from the presidential elections to be held 7th June, where Erdogan and the Akp party hope to consolidate their power which has been in their hands now for the past 13 years.