Place of Birth: Turkey;
Harun Ilhan was arrested after the deadly 2003 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in Istanbul in which two synagogues, an HSBC bank branch and the British Consulate General were bombed — was member of the Muslim Youth organization according to the file.
He was groomed to be al-Qaeda terrorist under the umbrella of Muslim Youth organization.
Both Ilhan and Ersoz were part of the five-member secret Shura Council (consultative body) that was involved in every step of the planning of the attacks.
The attacks killed 58 people and left more than 600 injured. It was the largest terrorist act in Turkey at the time.
They were also in the senior leadership of al-Qaeda’s Turkish network and were sending candidates for arms and explosives training in Afghanistan.
Ilhan and Yigit were convicted and sentenced to aggravated life by the Istanbul 10th High Criminal Court. Ersoz was also convicted and sent to prison to serve a life sentence.
The convictions were upheld by the 9th Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals.
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