Turkey: Erdogan attacks Cumhuriyet's editor after scoop

'He will pay high price' for report on arms to Syria

01 June, 11:30

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Turkish Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has harshly attacked the editor-in-chief of leading opposition daily Cumhuriyet Can Dundat after a scoop last Friday on the handover of weapons by Mit secret services to Syrian armed groups.

    Erdogan said he will ''pay a high price'' for the report.

    In its Friday issue, Cumhuriyet published photos of heavy weapons hidden under boxes of medicines, that were discovered in January 2014 during a police check on trucks of the secret services travelling to Syria.

    At the time, the cabinet claimed that the trucks were not carrying weapons but only ''humanitarian aid'' for Syrian Turks.

    The officers who carried out the checks were first transferred and subsequently arrested on 'espionage' charges.

    Erdogan has been repeatedly accused of helping not just Free Syrian Army rebels but also armed jihadist groups in Syria.

    After the scoop with images of weapons aboard the trucks, prosecutors in Istanbul opened a probe on ''terrorism'' charges against the editor of Cumhuriyet, Erdogan was quoted by the online edition of Hurriyet as accusing the editor of wanting to ''cast a shadow on the image of Turkey'', warning that ''he will pay a high price for this''.

    Turkey is in the midst of an electoral campaign ahead of key political elections on June 7. (ANSAmed)

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