Catli Was Member of State Intelligence Officer Testifies

ISTANBUL (Reuter)–A former Turkish intelligence officer told a court on Tuesday that a gangster wanted for murder and drug smuggling had taken part in the state’s intelligence activities–Anatolian news agency said.

"Abdullah Catli worked for both the police and (the National Intelligence Organization) MIT," the agency quoted Korkut Eken as telling Istanbul state security court.

Catli is central to a security scandal that erupted in November when he died in a traffic accident in a car also carrying a senior policeman and a member of parliament from Tansu Ciller’s True Path Party.

Eken–also a former high-ranking interior ministry advisor and military officer–is on trial with ten other suspects for their alleged role in the scandal.

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