According to Turkish MP Eren Erdem, terrorists from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State in Iraq and Levant” (ISIL) in Syria received all necessary materials to produce deadly sarin gas via Turkey.
In an interview with Russia Today (RT), the Republican People’s Party (CHP) member insisted there are grounds to believe a cover up has taken place regarding the transfer of these chemical agents to ISIL.
Erdem brought up the issue for public discussion in parliament last week, citing evidence from an abruptly-dismissed criminal case.
He accused Ankara of failing to investigate Turkish supply routes used to provide terrorists with toxic sarin gas ingredients.
Addressing parliamentarians on Thursday, Erdem showed a copy of the criminal case number 2013/120 that was opened by the General Prosecutor’s Office in the city of Adana in southern Turkey.
The investigation revealed that a number of Turkish citizens took part in negotiations with ISIL representatives on the supply of sarin gas.
Pointing to evidence cited in the criminal case, he said that wiretapped phone conversations proved that an Al-Qaeda militant, Hayyam Kasap, acquired sarin.
“There is data in this indictment. Chemical weapon materials are being brought to Turkey and being put together in Syria in camps of ISIL which was known as Iraqi Al Qaeda during that time,” Erdem told RT.
Sarin gas is a military-grade chemical that was used in a notorious attack on Ghouta and several other neighborhoods near the Syrian capital of Damascus in 2013.
“These are all detected. There are phone recordings of this shipment like ‘don’t worry about the border, we’ll take care of it’ and we also see the bureaucracy is being used,” continued Erdem.
Based on the gathered evidence, Adana authorities conducted raids and arrested 13 suspects in the case.
But a week later, inexplicably, the case was closed and all the suspects immediately crossed the Turkish-Syrian border, Erdem said.