The Revolutionary Headquarters, a leftist terrorist organization, brought together members of various terrorist groups as part of a strategy to become an “umbrella organization” for all terrorist groups, according to an indictment against 22 Revolutionary Headquarters suspects, which was accepted by the İstanbul 12th High Criminal Court last week.
The indictment includes a document seized from the computer of Orhan Yılmazkaya, a Revolutionary Headquarters leader who was killed in a shootout with police in 2009. The document, titled “Unallocated Clusters-1311,” states that the terrorist organization decided to embrace members of other terrorist groups as part of a strategy to become an umbrella organization and stand close to the “Kurdish national movement.” With the Kurdish national movement, Yılmazkaya was referring to the terrorist acts of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Many members of the Revolutionary Headquarters were captured last year as part of simultaneous police operations. Fourteen of them were later arrested. Among the arrestees is former Eskişehir Police Chief Hanefi Avcı. Prosecutors are seeking up to 51 years in jail for Avcı. There are also eight other suspects who are not under arrest.
Yılmazkaya’s document features names but does not specify from which terrorist groups the Revolutionary Headquarters accepted members. “We are trying to embrace everyone,” and “keep the names I previously gave you in your mind; major members will come soon,” the document read.
The members who joined the Revolutionary Headquarters from other terrorist groups were usually founding members or high-profile members of those groups.
The document also states that the Revolutionary Headquarters intended to cooperate with the “Kurdish freedom front” in order to resuscitate the Turkish revolutionary movement.
The indictment recalled police reports in the past that members of the Socialist Democracy Party (SDP), Socialist Democracy Newspaper and Democratic Transformation — all leftist groups — were seen throwing stones at security forces and carrying flags of the Revolutionary Headquarters and chanting slogans in favor of the terrorist organization.
The indictment in addition linked the jailed head of security at Ulusal TV, Ufuk Akkaya, to the Revolutionary Headquarters. According to the indictment, Osman Baha Okar, one of the Revolutionary Headquarters suspects, had frequently phoned Akkaya. Akkaya was arrested in 2009 on the grounds that he wiretapped Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s telephone.
Another document seized from the house of Oğuzhan Kayserilioğlu, a suspect in the Revolutionary Headquarters case, also made its way into the indictment. The document suggested that members of the terrorist organization agreed to meet in such places as gardens of mosques, bus stations and pubs in order not to get caught when pursued by police.
Avcı’s false IDs not part of duty
The indictment also stated that prosecutors asked the Security General Directorate about false IDs and passports seized in the house of Avcı during a police operation. Prosecutors asked authorities whether the false IDs and passports were prepared as part of Avcı’s profession as a police chief. In its response, the directorate said Avcı was not supposed to prepare false IDs and passports.
During the search in 2010, police seized two false IDs, three passports and three driver’s licenses that featured photos of Avcı. The IDs carried the names Süleyman Güzel and Sabit Kabaklı. Police believe that Avcı was planning to flee the country with the false documents. Police also seized an unlicensed Kalashnikov rifle, two handguns and many bullets from Avcı’s house.
Avcı’s wife, Şenay Avcı, is also a suspect in the Revolutionary Headquarters case. She is not under arrest but is accused of keeping unlicensed weapons at her residence. Prosecutors are seeking up to 12 years in prison for Mrs. Avcı.