Burhanettin Bigalı

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Burhanettin Bigalı
General Commander of the Gendarmerie of Turkey
In office
23 August 1988 – 30 August 1990
Preceded by Adnan Doğu
Succeeded by Eşref Bitlis
Head of the National Intelligence Organization
In office
7 September 1981 – 14 August 1986[1]
Preceded by Bülent Türker
Succeeded by Hayri Ündül
Personal details
Born 1927[1]
Istanbul
Military service
Allegiance Turkey
Service/branch Turkish Army
Years of service 1947-1990
Rank General

Burhanettin Bigalı (born 1927) is a former 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).

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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