Atilla Tas, a singer turned into a politician and writer who has been on trial for Gulenist media propaganda, has defended his innocence responding to a tweet of former justice minister and current spokeperson of the AKP government Bekir Bozdag. Bozdag had recently tweeted: “Is there any God’s subject on earth who has been arrested in Turkey for having tweeted? No.” to which Tas had answered: “Am I a subject of Zeus then?”
“My mind is clear”
In his defence at his trial Tas has said the following: “In the writing behind you it says ‘Justice is the basis of property’ but it should’ve said ‘Justice is the basis of tyranny’. I want to say this honestly and with my whole heart. I condemn wholeheartedly this coup attempt and I hope that the perpetrators will face their punishments. If I had the slightest doubt in my mind about being guilty I would have already killed myself. My mind is really clear, that is why I can still breath and stay alive today.”
“No one would take me into a cult”
Tas added: “I am innocent, I have been in jail for no reason for a year now. A minister has recently said that there is no God’s subject in Turkey who got arrested for tweeting. What am I then? A subject of Zeus? I am also a subject of God. I am a remorseless revolutionary. I am a follower of Ataturk. I am a soldier of Mustafa Kemal. This is what I am most proud of. If there are any cults who would take me in like this, I would directly join them but there aren’t. I have never had a connection with any religious cults in my lifetime. I always followed books and teachers.”
“Were they going to make me minister of culture?”
Tas has reiterated that he posted an anti-coup tweet the night of the coup. He added that judges and prosecutors purposefully ignored his old tweets. He also said the following: “No matter how much I am against the current government, a coup is never something I could allow. Yet, here I am getting tried for plotting a coup. Were they going to make me minister of culture if the coup succeeded, is that why I would support the coup? May god curse these putschists.”Atilla Taş was a prolific twitter user who had about a million followers and was famous for his stinging criticism of the Turkish government. His funny tweets and whip-smart attitude gained him a second fame after quitting to be a singer.
Judge: There can be another coup!
Judge released 2 others but rejected to release Atilla Taş and other 9 people. According to ruling of the judge, the reason for not releasing former singer Taş is: ”not to cause [July 15] events repeat and protecting public safety and national interests from from similar risks..”
Atilla Taş dosyasında tutukluluk halinin devamın gerekçesi bu. Kamu güvenliğini korumak için diyor Mahkeme. Acaba bu karar hk HSK ne diyor? pic.twitter.com/Dj8EzJAPeG
— Yaman Akdeniz (@cyberrights) August 19, 2017