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İbrahim Şahin (1956, Tokat) is a retired Turkish police chief. He led its special forces unit, the Special Operations Department (Turkish: Özel Harekat Dairesi). He was involved in the Susurluk scandal and has been detained in connection with the Ergenekon investigation.[1]



After graduating from the Police Academy in 1976 as an assistant superintendent, Şahin joined the Sinop police. In 1978, he fulfilled his military duties in Erzurum and the Isparta Commando School. In 1982 he joined the Bitlis police. The same year he joined the newly-formed Special Operations Department. He completed a course in Special Operations from the Turkish General Staff's Special Warfare Department (Turkish: Özel Harp Dairesi).[1]

In 1984 he went to Germany to receive commando training from the GSG-9. In 1987 he went to the United States to receive counter-terrorism training. He returned the next year to the Siirt police as the head of the Special Operations branch. In 1990, he performed the same duty for the Istanbul police.[1]

In 1993 he became the first commander of the Special Operations for the entire police force, under Mehmet Ağar.[1]


The Special Operations Department was particularly active in the conflict with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). It carried out covert operations, such as assassinations of people suspected of lending support to the militant PKK.[1]

It turned out Şahin was a close friend of notorious criminal Abdullah Çatlı. He was discharged and investigated for protecting the policemen involved in the assassination of "casino king" Ömer Lütfü Topal, and the abduction of Tarık Ümit.[1]

On 27 January 1997 a warrant was issued for his arrest, but he escaped. On 6 March he was charged with 5-9 years in jail for felony. He surrendered five days later, and was acquitted on 12 September of the same year.[1]

The former prime minister, Tansu Çiller, requested Şahin's return to the police force and said that he was owed an apology.[1]

In March 1999, he was charged for up to year in jail for allegedly losing weapons donated to the police.[1]

He suffered a serious traffic accident on 28 March 2008, and lost his memory. On 14 April he was sentenced to one year in jail for negligence. His deposition in May was ineffectual because of his memory problem. He and his subordinate Korkut Eken were initially handed a six year sentence. This was later reduced to 486 days. Şahin's plea to president Ahmet Necdet Sezer to pardon the rest on account of his ill health was granted.[1]


Şahin was one of 37 people detained in the Ergenekon investigation's January 2009 wave of arrests.[1] The Turkish police said the round-up was triggered by orders Şahin gave to assassinate 12 Armenian community leaders in Sivas.[2]

A map describing the location of an arms cache was found in his house. A team of excavators found the following in Gölbaşı, Ankara:

According to the police, the weapons were wrapped in newspapers from 2004. Excavations in other parts of Ankara have been launched.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Şahin Susurluk davasının sanıkları arasında yer aldı" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Anka news agency. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009.  
  2. ^ Turkish police uncover arms cache, The Wall Street Journal, 10 Jan. 2009
  3. ^ "Ergenekon arms site unearthed in Gölbaşı". Today's Zaman. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2009.  


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