Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig’s powerful fiction Fantastic Night has been used as a way of communication among alleged coup plotters, a Turkish prosecutor claimed.
Pro-government Aksam newspaper released screenshots of an indictment prepared against a teacher, identified as M.S., who is accused of being a secretive leader of the followers of the Gulen movement within the military.
In pre-trial detention at Corum prison for some time now, M.S. had one of the books in his personal library seized by the prosecutor and used an evidence against him.
According to Aksam, the prosecutor found out that the Gulen movement communicated its messages through encrypted highlights within Zweig’s book.
“As a result of an investigation by Corum police, some words on some pages are revealed to have been highlighted and some letters in some words were particularly underlined. The underlined letters, when adjoined, read three encrypted instructions: ‘The attack will be carried out that night as planned,’ ‘The data is on the page,’ ‘Everything is set’,” Aksam newspaper quoted the part of the indictment.
The encrypted messages were decrypted, and three dates stood out: April 4, 2019; June 7, 2019; and Dec 4, 2019, the indictment reportedly claimed.
“Foreign powers and their local partners FETO and PKK [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] were revealed to have set out new plans one last coup ahead of the March 31 local elections,” Aksam’s story read.
Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and calls it FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, while the latter denies involvement.
Some 510,000 people including teachers, judges, doctors, police and military officers, and many from different backgrounds were detained over Gulen links since the summer of 2016.
Earlier, a mathematics textbook was banned at a school just because it features Fethullah Gülen’s initials in a practice question that reads: ‘… from point F to point G ….’
Turkey’s Education Ministry destroyed at least 1.8 million copies of textbooks that mention the word “Pennsylvania,” or that include texts from government-targeted journalists, Birgün daily reported in December, 2016. The objectionable textbook for sixth graders reportedly refers to American author James Michener, who mentioned Pennsylvania as his place of birth. Michener’s text was censored only because Gülen lives in that same US state.
Turkish police have, on multiple occasions, displayed seized copies of Gülen’s books as terror evidence over the past year.
Also, license plates including the letters “FG” were removed from vehicles belonging to the Denizli Courthouse in August 2016.