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Turkey: Ergenokon and the Istanbul Bombings

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The constitutional court case that looks set to ban the democratically elected ruling party is not the only political crisis going on in Turkey .

Since January, prosecutors have been rounding up suspects in a wide-ranging investigation that allegedly planned assassinations of judges, journalist, scholars and plotted for years to undertake a military coup in Turkey .

The network has been called Ergenekon (a word for the mythical Central Asian birthplace of the Turkic people).  The investigation has provoked major controversy in Turkey , with arguments and questions about possible political motives behind the allegations.

This weekend, the indictment was finally unsealed, and last Friday, an Istanbul court agreed to begin trials for dozens of retired army officers, academics, wealthy businessmen and even journalists who've been detained
during the operation.

Taner Akçam is a professor of History at the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University and the author of A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility

Last night’s bombing was quickly blamed on the PKK- the Kurdish separatist movement that’s been fighting the Turkish military for years.

Turkish police have declined to confirm initial new reports that several teenagers were apprehended near the scene of the bombing.

Jerome asked him if he believes the government's allegations that the PKK was  behind the bombing in Istanbul.

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