Cadet Ogun Ikbal was one of thousands of victims of injustice after 15 July. The unassigned science teacher, Ogün İkbal, started the Military Academy as a cadet after the exam he took. One day before his graduation, he was asked to leave the battalion on the accusation that he was a terrorist. İkbal ended his life on April 13, 2017, by dropping himself from the 5th floor of the Dumlupınar Battalion ward.
Ogun Ikbal could not stand the accusation of “terrorist” who took away his dreams and chose to leave this world. Halis Tunc, Turkey’s former Military Attaché to Greece, who is one of the names trying to publicize the unlawfulness, injustice and human rights violations that took place after July 15, 2016, wrote an article titled “Silent Martyr Ogün Ikbal” to describe what Ikbal went through.
A 25-YEAR-OLD’S HOPES TAKEN FROM HIS HANDS
Former Military Attache Halis Tunc reflected the exemplary details of the tragic end of the short life of Military Academy student Ogun Ikbal in his article on 15temmuzinfo.com, which started with the sentence “Give water to your hearts that are about to dry out”, on the conscience mirror of the society.
In the words of Halis Tunc, who said, “Injustice destroys the internal dynamics of the country and poses a security threat,” regarding the environment created with the victims of the Decree-Law, Ogun Ikbal’s experiences were summarized as follows:
HE BECOME THE 750TH AT 10 THOUSAND PEOPLE
He was an energetic and happy young man who loved skiing and nature, was full of life, loved by his surroundings. Ikbal’s life-changing point began when he decided to become an officer in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Ogun Ikbal, who graduated from the Department of Science Teaching, applied to the Army Forces after the “officer recruitment notice among those who graduated from civil university” was opened by the Ministry of National Defense (MSB) on November 17, 2016. The principle of ‘personality of crime and punishment’, which has not been implemented for a long time in Turkey, was ignored in the aforementioned recruitment of the Ministry of National Defense. Ikbal and every person who applied at the same time was required to have no contact or affiliation with any organization, including their spouses, children, mothers, fathers and siblings. Despite all the difficulties, İkbal managed to enter the first 750 to be recruited among the 10 thousand applicants. Thus, Ogun started his Officer Basic Military Understanding (SUSASAK) training on March 13, 2017, within the Turkish Military Academy.
HE WAS INCLUDED IN THE GROUP TO BE JOINED IN THE SPECIAL FORCES
İkbal’s efforts and success attracted the attention of his commanders. With this effort, he was elected to a special group of 150 people to be recruited to the Special Forces Command among 750 officer candidates. The oath of enlistment ceremony was scheduled for April 14, 2017, and graduation was scheduled for November 23, 2017. The families had come to Ankara for the oath of enlistment ceremony on 13 April.
FIRED BEFORE THE CEREMONY ON THE ACCUSATION OF BEING A TERRORIST
However, on April 13, one day before the oath of enlistment ceremony, Ogun Ikbal and 5 students were accused of being terrorists and were asked to leave the battalion. They were informed that they had to leave the place they were in within one hour.
HE FELT IT BENEATH AND ENDED HIS LIFE
Feeling the terrorist accusation beneath, Ogun Ikbal ended his life by dropping himself from the 5th floor of the Dumlupınar Battalion ward of the Military Academy, where he was forcibly sent to collect his belongings.
The entire article of the former Atese Tunc, who wrote the drama that reveals how the rights of a teenager were taken away from him, reflecting on the tragedy of Ogun Ikbal, is as follows:
MAJOR CRIMES ARE COMMITTED BY GIVEN ORDERS AND PRACTICES
The environment of injustice created by the victims of the decree destroys the internal dynamics of the country and poses a security threat. In our country, where the constitution and laws are disregarded and those who do not recognize any power other than themselves, great crimes are committed by using official texts prepared by the state with the intention of post-modern genocide, with orders and practices. People who were denied the right to live in their distinguished homeland, where they served for decades, and who were left helpless as a state policy, were brought to the point where they preferred to end their lives as a way of escaping from persecution.
THE MEDIA, SWORN TO PROTECT THE REGIME, IGNORES THE FACTS
In my previous article, I had covered the great drama of Lieutenant Adem Gurbuz, who ended his own life in Turkey, where 99 percent of the records are Muslim, although it is a first in history, which was never covered in the Turkish media. What is more pathetic is that the fully controlled media, sworn to protect the regime, continues to ignore this atrocity.
ADEM AND HIS FAMILY ARE NOT THE ONLY DRAMA
Unfortunately, the drama of Adem and his family is not the only one. There are other people whose lives are ended by devastating tragedies that are impossible for hearts to bear anymore, due to the inhumane policies that are still being carried out as a state practice and the dark power centers that are organized in an organized manner. I certainly don’t find it appropriate to use the word “suicide” for these people. We all know that the psychological wound is much deeper and more painful than the physical wound. The pain that the people who are the subject of my writings feel in their souls and bodies is indescribable. Their lives ended with these sufferings. These are the “Silent Martyrs” of this country. I call “Silent Martyrs” because the future of the people and the most valuable asset of the people, which is the reason for the existence of the state, was again withered by the oppression of the state. I call “Silent Martyrs” because among the 80 million in Turkey, a brave journalist and intellectual could not come out to voice their drama and write their story.
AM I BREAKING THE SILENCE OF A SILENT NATION?
Millions whose consciences have come to the point where they can no longer distinguish between right and wrong, millions whose souls and hearts have become numb… “Give water to your hearts that are about to dry out…”
As I write these lines in the dark and suffocating atmosphere of the night, I feel ashamed on behalf of humanity. I got to know Ogün’s childhood, youth, energy, smile and innocence in pictures and videos. I dreamed of intimidated mothers, tearful orphans and lovers who couldn’t sob off their “silent martyrs”. I also got to know Ogün by the way he left under a red flag on the shoulders. 25 years old was silently leaving. Don’t make a sound, my great people, “Silent Martyrs” are used to silence. Am I going crazy? Am I breaking the silence of a silent nation? Give a voice, even if it is weak, that will frighten the evils hiding in the darkness of the cave.. “Give water to your hearts that are about to dry out…”
Ogun Ikbal was an energetic and happy young man who loved skiing and nature, was full of life, loved by his surroundings. Until he decides to become an officer in the Turkish Armed Forces, which he considers an honorable duty.
GRADUATED FROM SCIENCE TEACHER DEPARTMENT
A personnel recruitment announcement was made by the Ministry of National Defense Personnel Supply Department on 17 November 2016 in order to meet the current officer requirement from civilian sources, namely university graduates. Following to this announcement, 25-year-old science teacher Ogün İkbal, who has not been appointed for a long time, applied to work as an officer in the Land Forces.
The main condition for the online application to be made between 17 November and 02 December 2016 is stated as “not having any contact or affiliation with all terrorist organizations, especially FETO/PDY, PKK and DAİŞ, as well as his wife, children, mother, father, siblings”. The most fundamental principle of internationally accepted criminal law and our Constitution is the principle of “personality of crime and punishment”. The inclusion of such a condition in official documents, which aims to deprive individuals of their citizenship rights due to a crime allegedly committed by their relatives, is in itself a confirmation that serious human rights violations in the country were committed intentionally by the state. However, in accordance with this condition, Ogun Ikbal made his online application by obtaining a criminal record covering all family members.
HE WAS GOING TO TAKE HIS RANK AFTER SEVEN MONTHS OF EDUCATION
Ogun Ikbal’s preliminary application was accepted, along with approximately 10,000 candidates for the 750 officers to be recruited. Ogun has a long process in front of him, such as the Physical Adequacy Test (Sports), Personality Assessment Test, Interview and General Health Examination. Ogun, who passed all the stages, succeeded in being among the candidates whose number had decreased to 4,000 on the day of the interview. Ogun, who passed the interview successfully, was to become an officer after 7 months of training with 750 candidates.
EVERYONE AT HACIBEKTAŞ KNOW THAT HE CHOOSE AN HONORABLE PROFESSION
With great enthusiasm, Ogun Ikbal surrendered to the Military Academy on March 13, 2017, when his SUSASAK (Officer Basic Military Understanding) training would begin. Commander of the Turkish Military Academy Brigadier General Ismail Guzeller, Dean of Turkish Military Academy Prof. Dr. Tufan Gunduz, Regiment Commander Colonel Erhan Serdengecti welcomed the families at the school guardhouse.
Now, the people of Kayaaltı Village and all their neighbors in the Hacıbektas district of Nevşehir are aware of the fact that Ogün İkbal has acquired an honorable profession. He will become an officer and if necessary, he will be a martyr for his country. His family left Ogun at school and left proudly.
Ogun İkbal immediately attracted the attention of his commanders with his physical structure, sporty personality and courage. Their Commander chooses Ogun from among 750 officer candidates to a special group of 150 people to be recruited to the Special Forces Command.
FAMILIES STARTED COMING TO ANKARA THE DAY BEFORE
After the orientation training, it is planned to hold the oath of enlistment ceremony on April 14, 2017 and the graduation ceremony on November 23, 2017. The families invited for the oath of enlistment ceremony, which will take place on April 14, started to come to Ankara as of April 13, 2017.
Ogün İkbal was unaware of what awaits him on April 13, 2017, during the rehearsals for the oath of enlistment ceremony. On 13 July 2017, one day before the oath of enlistment ceremony, they were transferred to the battalion at 09:00 for the ceremony rehearsals. Together with Ogun Ikbal, the names of 4-5 people are called and they are told to leave the battalion. Students know very well what this means. Because to this day, about 20 students have left the battalion with their names called out on the grounds that they are terrorists in the same way.
HOW DO I TELL MY PARENTS AND MY ENVIRONMENT THAT I HAVE BEEN EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL
Ogun Ikbal was told that he was a terrorist and he was asked to leave the unit immediately. But if a terrorist is detected, the natural process should be turning over the terrorist to the police. Ogun did not accept this accusation and said, “I came here to be an officer. How will I tell my family and people around me that I am now expelled from school for being a terrorist?” Their requests to meet with School Commander Brigadier General İsmail Guzeller and Regiment Commander Colonel Erhan Serdengeçti were denied and they were told to leave the barracks within an hour. When declaring a 25-year-old a young boy a terrorist and expelling him from school, the school administration did not even need to employ a psychologist, since the psychological trauma they would experience was not taken seriously. After all, there would be no legal sanction for the violations of rights they inflicted on people. The fact that the controlled media remained silent about the human dramas, and moreover, that these dramas were covered, made the criminals arrogant. After all, he’s a terrorist! Feeling the terrorist accusation beneath, Ogun Ikbal ended his life by dropping himself from the 5th floor of the Dumlupınar Battalion ward of the Military Academy, where he was forcibly sent to collect his belongings.
DID HE JUMP BY SAYING ALLAHU AKBAR?
The first to arrive at the scene was the commander of the Regiment, captain Fatih, a 2004 graduate. The question he asked to the students who witnessed the event was “Did he jump by saying Allahu Akbar?” He obviously wanted to associate the event with some other things. However, he received the answer from the students, “No, sir, he was very upset about what happened and jumped without saying anything.”
What happened next? Ogun Ikbal died on the way to the hospital. Ogun’s family, who were in Ankara for the oath of enlistment ceremony to be held on April 14, the next day, went to the hospital as soon as they heard the news. Meanwhile, the Regimental Commander and executive officer Captain Fatih also went to the hospital. However, their reasons for being in the hospital were different. They made contact with Ogun’s mother and his older brother, who was unemployed at that time. Ogun’s grieving family, who was writhing in pain, asked about his unemployed older brother, “Why are you unemployed, did you go through an investigation?” This question is of the kind that will almost cause indignation. It is as if they are looking for reasons to cover up their negligence and faults, to avoid responsibility and to cover up their crimes in Ogun’s death.
OGUN WAS SENT TO NEVSEHIR WRAPPED IN A RED FLAG
While Ogun Ikbal’s blood on the ground had not yet dried, the Commander of the Turkish Military Academy, Brigadier General Ismail Güzeller, ordered the rehearsals to continue for the ceremony to be held the next day. The oath of enlistment ceremony on April 14, 2017 was held enthusiastically with the participation of senior commanders, rectors and deans. Meanwhile, Ogun Ikbal’s body was sent to his hometown, Nevsehir, wrapped in a red flag, with a photograph of him in uniform with the inscription “Military Student Ogun Ikbal” attached, as if nothing had happened and they did not cause a son of the country to commit suicide.
Ogun Ikbal could not complete his officer training, which he started with 750 candidates in March 2017. He could not attend the graduation ceremony he dreamed of and wear the officer rank. While his family was waiting to proudly welcome their child on the parade ground, they encountered Ogun’s lifeless body and found themselves thrust into a lifetime of deep pain. Ogun Ikbal is recorded as the “Silent Martyr”, as a victim of post-modern genocide.
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