A merging of the case involving an alleged plot to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew -- by the Ergenekon ultranationalist network -- was announced by a court trying the first case, according to a report appearing in Thursday's edition of the Turkish daily Zaman. The relevant decision was taken by the 9th Istanbul high criminal court where Ismet Recber is being tried in the case regarding the assassination plot against the Patriarch.
The court ruled that the case will be merged with the Ergenekon case, which is being tried at the 13th Istanbul high criminal court, with the explanation that "there is a legal relation" between the two cases.