Former Turkish Interior minister Mehmet Ağar has surrendered and will spend 3 years in prison. Now it is claimed Agar ‘ s prison will be one he has chosen himself.
Ankara / NationalTurk – After a Turkish court had ordered the capture of former Minister and Police Chief Mehmet Ağar and sentenced more than three years and nine months in prison, Mehmet Agar ‘s prison is declared.
Ağar will spent more than three years in the state prison in Aydin, a city in western Turkey and 2 hours from Bodrum where Agar’s family currently resides. He already has declared his desire to stay in that prison.
The Turkish interior ministry was looking for a high-security prison near the Aegean resort town of Bodrum, where Ağar’s family lives, and announced the decision on Monday.
Mehmet Agar : 3 years 9 months prison sentence
Mehmet Ağar is expected to serve three years and nine months under the law regulating the execution of sentences.
The Ankara 11th High Criminal Court had sentenced Ağar in September 2011 in the final case over the so-called Susurluk scandal of 1996, when Ağar was head of the national police. The scandal exposed links between the police, the mafia and politicians after a car accident in the northwestern district of Susurluk.
Ağar was convicted for offenses during his term as chief of police, from 1993 to 1995, before he was elected to The Turkish Parliament for the now-defunct True Path Party (DYP). He served brief stints as justice and interior minister in 1996. His prosecution became possible in 2007 when agar lost his all-important parliamentary immunity, what opened the doors for trials for his crimes.
In February 2008, charges were filed against Mehmet Agar for ‘establishing an armed organization to commit crime.’ Mehmet Ağar was held responsible for weapons that went missing after being purchased from Israel; some of the weapons had been delivered to Turkishe police’s special operations forces, but a large part went missing without any record. One of the missing guns was found in the car that crashed in Susurluk and revealed the truth behind the secret links between police mafia and state. It was linked with the weapons trade between Italy and Azarbaijan. During the trial, Ağar described the issue of the missing weapons as a state secret. It is believed that many of the weapons were used in extrajudicial killings in Southeast Anatolia.
Mehmet Agar Fatih Terim Galatasaray Triangle
Mehmet Agar has also close ties with Galatasaray, is congress member and close friends with Fatih Terim, current Galatasaray manager. It is claimed that Agar played significant roles in Galatasaray’s Turkish league title by ‘ assisting the club with his means ‘. He is claimed to be the key factor that Galatasaray has recruited Terim twice, first in 1996 then in 2002.
Author Ecevit Kılıç writes in his recent book ‘ politik goller ‘ ( political goals, football and politics ) that in a 2004 report of an established committee for mafia-football-match fixing within Turkish Parliament, committee head Haluk İpek had asked whether Fatih terim was linked with weapon trade between Italy and Azarbaijan when he was the manager of Fiorentina and AC Milan. The author suggests that Agar and Berlusconi, who was then AC Milan president and Italian PM have something in common, namely being key figures in the state within their respective states.