Burhanettin Bigalı

Burhanettin Bigalı (1927 – 19 September 2016) was a Turkish general; he retired in 1990. He was head of the National Intelligence Organization (1981 - 1986) and later General Commander of the Gendarmerie of Turkey (1988 - 1990).

Burhanettin Bigalı
General Commander of the Gendarmerie of Turkey
In office
23 August 1988 – 30 August 1990
Preceded byAdnan Doğu
Succeeded byEşref Bitlis
Head of the National Intelligence Organization
In office
7 September 1981 – 14 August 1986[1]
Preceded byBülent Türker
Succeeded byHayri Ündül
Personal details
Born1927 (1927)
Istanbul
Died19 September 2016 (aged 88–89)
Military service
AllegianceTurkey
Branch/serviceTurkish Army
Years of service1948-1990
RankTurkey-army-OF-9a.svgGeneral
UnitInfantry
Battles/warsKorean War

Arif Doğan has claimed in court that he founded the Gendarmerie's JITEM intelligence unit in the late 1980s on the orders of Bigalı, with the approval of the Chief of Staff and of the Interior Ministry.[2]

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