Last night a large crowd of police from the Ankara Police Headquarters took Yılmaz Çelik under custody from his Iftar table and put him in jail. This oppression that is seen fit for Muslims in this holy month of Ramadan and in the eve of the Eid (Feast), will stay until eternity as a black spot on the brow of the perpetrators. Yılmaz Çelik who carried the Dawah of Islam on his shoulders for years, is just only one of the innocent victims of the jurisdictional oppression against Hizb ut Tahrir.
Yılmaz Çelik has been unjustly and unlawfully, taken under custody and jailed, countless times before this. The two separate lawsuits that are the pretence of his jailing in these holy days is both sad and ironic to say the least. In 2005, Yılmaz Çelik as the Official Spokesman of Hizb ut Tahrir in Wilayah Turkey sent a Ramadan Eid Card to numerous civilians and formal institutions and upon the ATO Chairman of the time Sinan Aygün’s complaint; he was found guilty and charged with 7.5 years of prison. Again he countered the slanders on Hizb ut Tahrir made especially by the “FETÖ” media and went before the cameras. Because he refuted these baseless slanders he was found guilty and charged with another 7.5 years of prison in 2009.
When the personal solicitation to the Constitutional Court of those who are tried with the Ergenekon lawsuit are instantly accepted and are released without delay and on top of that are rewarded with millions of lira as compensation, Yılmaz Çelik’s personal solicitation to the Constitutional Court has been waiting in their shelves for years. When Seculars and Kemalists demands for retrial are accepted instantly and are exculpated one by one, Yılmaz Çelik’s retrial petitions have been declined. This is the very jurisdictional oppression itself and hostile Criminal Law against Hizb ut Tahrir. This situation is a crushing humiliation and bad end for those who are the oppressors.
We say from this platform to those who are in power, the authorities and those responsible, to all oppressors who have a part in this oppression. You have tried and charged for thousands of years in prison while you did not have any proof of terrorism on Yılmaz Çelik or any other member of Hizb ut-Tahrir. You have oppressed Hizb ut Tahrir members who are against any and all violence or terrorism by calling them “Members of Terrorist Organisations”. There have been days when you did this with Kemalist enemies of Islam! There have been days when you did this with your old friends that you now call “FETÖ”! There have been days when you found others to commit these crimes with!
Is there no fear of Allah in you? Do you ever think of your end? If you think you will daunt the Dauntless (Yılmaz) by oppressing you are going to be disappointed! This oppression of yours has made Dauntless (Yılmaz) like steel (Çelik) in their Dawah and it will make many more dauntless like steel in the Dawah of Islam! You will be charged with heavy oppression in the Day of Judgement because of these crimes you committed.
وَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ اللّهَ غَافِلاً عَمَّا يَعْمَلُ الظَّالِمُونَ إِنَّمَا يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ لِيَوْمٍ تَشْخَصُ فِيهِ الأَبْصَارُ
“And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror].”
Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in Wilayah Turkey
Saturday, 29th Ramadan 1438 AH