Nuri Gökhan BOZKIR, a former captain in the Special Forces Command (ÖKK), which AKP President Erdoğan personally requested from President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during his visit to Ukraine, asked how AKP supplied large amounts of illegal weapons and ammunition to hot spots in Asia and Africa. He told the Ukrainian press that he did.
Stating that he was purged from the Turkish Armed Forces by Erdogan’s supporters, Bozkır stated that he started trading in 2007 thanks to his connections abroad. BOZKIR, to countries with armed conflicts such as Georgia, Iran, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Azerbaijan; He said he was supplying equipment, food and humanitarian supplies.
Among BOZKIR’s customers were the Turkmen tribes in Syria. In 2012, when the internal conflicts in Syria turned into an open war, Bozkır started to supply weapons to its Syrian partner, Halil Harmid, the field commander of the Turkmen groups.
The arms shipment to Syria, which the Turkish authorities also approached positively, was carried out under the control of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) officials. First, small arms and ammunition went to Syria, then portable missile systems, explosives, and also weapon spare parts.
Images of suitcases full of dollars, as well as photos and videos of the arms shipment in Bozkır’s archive
“7 CONTAINER DOLLARS COME TO TURKEY FROM QATAR”
Bozkır, who shared the photos of the containers and said that I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, said that the money of the weapons, in dollars in containers, was carried to the military base, where 7 containers of dollars were brought to Turkey.
Noting that all money and weapons traffic was carried out under the supervision of the gendarmerie and the MIT, Bozkır said that the shipment continued under the supervision of the field commander, Halil Harmid, on the Syrian side.
BOZKIR, which officially purchased weapons from Eastern Europe and Central Asia on behalf of Turkey from 2012 to 2015, took the weapons from the former Warsaw Pact and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to Syria.
Stating that a shipment is between two and four million dollars, Bozkır stated that the payments to the arms dealers were made in cash, and that they took the money abroad with the help of MIT with large suitcases and bags.
BOZKIR noted that between 2012 and 2015, he delivered weapons to the Turkmen 49 times.
BOZKIR announced that while delivering the goods to the Syrians, they inflated the cost of the weapons and ammunition carried by two to three million dollars, and that the difference was given to the MIT, and that he received a small amount of 10 thousand dollars from each party.
After the trucks carrying weapons were stopped by the police, BOZKIR said that the MIT asked him to leave the country immediately, adding that two hours before his name was entered in the database, a ticket to Ukraine was bought in his name and he was accompanied to the airport.
BOZKIR stated that the MIT told him that he “should stay abroad with his Ukrainian wife and child until all problems with the seized property are resolved”.
In addition, in 2018, he received a job offer from influential businessmen close to RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, and the Turkish authorities did not accept this offer on the sale of weapons and military equipment from Ukraine to Turkey, and named the Turkish authorities (Ankara University Faculty Member Assoc. Dr. Necip Hablemitoğlu as a suspect in the assassination. ) suggested that he put it on Interpol’s list.
He mentioned that he was asked to be extradited to Turkey, but that dangerous witnesses like him died in Turkish prisons as a result of “heart attacks”, as an example of a former officer friend who “died” in prison.
Bozkır is worried about the MIT kidnapping him, so he applied for additional protection and political asylum from the Ukrainian authorities. However, the Ukrainian authorities have not yet taken a decision on this issue.
THE NAME BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE OPPOSITION WANT: BOZKIR
The extradition of former Special Forces personnel Nuri Gökhan Bozkır, which the government and opposition insistently demanded in Turkey, was requested by President Erdoğan of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenkiy, personally.
Having lost his life in an armed attack in front of his house in 2002, Assoc. Dr. Nuri Gökhan Bozkır, for whom a red notice was issued for allegedly being the perpetrator of the Necip Hablemitoğlu assassination, was detained in Ukraine in July 2019.
The competent court had given a temporary injunction against Bozkır, a former Special Forces personnel, to house arrest.
This decision was later mitigated by being at home between 23.00 at night and 06.00 in the morning. In this process, Erdogan, who made a visit to Ukraine, personally demanded the extradition of Bozkır.
According to Ukrainian law, the court extended the house arrest order until April 18 for the last time, since a house arrest order for a suspect can last for a maximum of 6 months.
Security experts regarding the Bozkır case evaluated to uraynahaber.com that Bozkır is a black box and that his extradition was specifically requested to silence him.
KIEV COURT OF APPLICATION SAID HE IS “INCHARGED”
Bozkır, while waiting in the corridor before the house arrest trial at the KIEV Court of Appeal, said he was “not guilty”. Before the court, Bozkır stated that the news about him in the Turkish press did not reflect the truth, that the allegations against him were baseless and he was innocent.
IT WAS THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT SAKIK
According to the news of Alican Uludağ from Cumhuriyet newspaper, Bozkır’s house arrest order was lifted. It was learned that Bozkır, who is alleged to be one of the members of TIM, who captured Şemdin Sakık in Northern Iraq and brought him to Turkey in 1998, was ruled not to leave the capital city of Kyiv, while the evaluation regarding his political asylum request was continuing.
The prosecutor’s office requested the arrest of Bozkır, who is under house arrest, but the prosecutor did not attend the hearing because the case was time-barred. The lawsuit filed by the Ukrainian prosecutor at the Kyiv Court of Appeal for the re-arrest of the suspect, on the other hand, was time-barred because the documents were not delivered from the local court for about 3 months. In the last hearing of the case, which was postponed for the fifth time on January 10 due to lack of documents, the prosecutor’s office withdrew its appeal due to the statute of limitations, and a procedural rejection was given. Thus, the right of the prosecutor’s office to appeal against the house arrest decision given by the Kyiv Shevchenko Court disappeared. Bozkır will be able to be arrested again in Ukraine only if an extradition decision is issued.
HOW IT WAS TAKEN, HOW DID THE PROCESS WORK?
Bozkır was detained in an operation organized by the Ukrainian Intelligence Service in the Golosiyevskiy district of Kiev on July 10, 2019, following the arrest warrant of the Ankara Public Prosecutor Zafer Ergün, who conducted the investigation, and the red notice issued by Interpol. Bozkır was placed under house arrest with an electronic handcuff by the Ukrainian court after being in prison for 3 months. The Kyiv Shevchenko Court extended the period of Bozkır’s house arrest until 10 March at the hearing held on 8 January. The house arrest measure, in which Bozkır is not allowed to go out after 19:00, was rearranged as being obligated to be at home between 23:00 and 06:00.
According to the laws of Ukraine, since the total duration of the house arrest can be at most 6 months, judicial control measures can be applied to Bozkır after this period. Accordingly, if the suspect, who was placed under house arrest with the decision on October 18, is not extradited to Turkey by April 18, he will be subject to judicial control in the form of not leaving KIEV and signing after this date. Unless there is a different development regarding the extradition process, Bozkır’s decision to be kept under house arrest will be re-examined close to 10 March.
TURKEY WANTS A REFUND BUT NOT SENDING DOCUMENTS
For Ukraine to decide on the return of Bozkır to Turkey, the political asylum application filed by the suspect in August must be finalized. It has been learned that the legal review period of the political asylum application is 6 months in total, but this period can be extended if necessary. If the Ukraine Immigration Administration rejects his asylum application in the coming months, Bozkır has the right to appeal this decision, and in this case, the process may take longer.
REQUESTING ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS FROM TURKEY EXTENDED
Nuri Gökhan BOZKIR applied for asylum with the Ukraine Immigration Administration, through his lawyers, about a month after he was caught in KIEV on July 10. During this one-month period, the KIEV Prosecutor’s Office requested additional information from Turkey on the grounds that the extradition request was not in compliance with the European Convention on Extradition. While waiting for a response from Turkey, Bozkır’s application for asylum blocked the prosecution’s decision to extradite him.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THAT?
If the Ukraine Immigration Service finally rejects his asylum application, the way will be opened for the KIEV Prosecutor’s Office to decide on Bozkır’s return and then the suspect’s arrest with a court decision. If he does not get political asylum in Ukraine but is not extradited to Turkey, there is a possibility that Bozkır will go to a third country despite the red notice decision against him.