Ergenekon arrests (January 2008)
On 21 January 2008, news broke of a major operation by Turkish police against an ultra-nationalist network known as Ergenekon. Commentators have argued that a number of political assassinations originally assumed to be unconnected are in fact linked to leading figures in this network, including the assassinations of a priest, Father Andrea Santoro in Trabzon (2006), Hrant Dink in Istanbul (2007) and a judge in Ankara in 2006.
The name Ergenekon (which comes from an old Turkish legend about the origins of the Turkish people in Central Asia) was made public in a book by journalists Can Dundar and Celal Kazadagli in 1997. In their book, entitled Ergenekon