Eşref Bitlis

Eşref Bitlis

Eşref Bitlis (1933, Malatya1993-02-17, Bodrum) was a general in the Turkish Gendarmerie who died in a mysterious plane crash. His Beechcraft Super King Air B-200 crashed minutes after taking off from Güvercinlik base. Bitlis, his aide-de-camp Fahir Isik, technician Emir Oner and the pilots died in the crash. The chief of staff, Dogan Gures, said the accident was due to freezing but this has been denied by the manufacturer and experts from Istanbul Technical University and Middle East Technical University. [cite journal
title=Eşref Bitlis'in Ölümü: Buzlanma yok!
journal=Yeni Aktüel
month=09-15 November
] His son Tarik said "My father was always a symbol of peace, so he was murdered. I believe that taking revenge is a sign of primitiveness and I will go on with my investigation into the accident." [cite news
title=Why Can't the Esref Bitlis Case Be Solved?
work=Turkish Daily News

Recently uncovered evidence suggests that his death and that of Uğur Mumcu may be related to the shadowy Ergenekon network. [Bitlis is mentioned in the indictment's evidential addenda, see for example [http://www1.sabah.com.tr/ozel/pdf/indir.php?t=2008%2F08%2F01&f=323.pdf file 323] tr icon The authenticity of the evidence has been questioned.] Both Bitlis and Mumcu were investigating how Jalal Talabani, one of the Kurdish leaders of northern Iraq, came into possession of 100,000 firearms. [cite news
title=Ergenekon linked to Mumcu murder


External links

* [http://www.esrefbitlislisesi.com/esrefb.asp Eşref Bitlis high school] tr

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