11 more police arrested in wiretap probe in Turkey

The arrested police officers include Yurt Atayun, former chief of Istanbul’s anti-terror police department

11 more police arrested in wiretap probe in Turkey

World Bulletin/News Desk

Eleven people have been arrested as part of Turkey’s so-called ‘parallel state’ probe into alleged espionage and illegal wiretapping.

Istanbul Judge Islam Cicek ordered the arrests of 11 police officers on Tuesday night.

The arrested officers include Yurt Atayun, former chief of Istanbul’s anti-terror police department.

The court ordered conditional release for eight suspects and released 30 others.

The court ruling brought to 31 the number of officers remanded in custody out of a total 115 police who were detained in overnight raids last week. All the other detained officers have been released but may still face charges.

Among the most prominent of the officers kept in custody was Ali Fuat Yilmazer, who oversaw intelligence for Istanbul police and is accused of forming and leading a criminal gang. Others are accused of illegal wiretapping, forging documents and espionage.

The court action followed two high-profile, Istanbul-based anti-graft operations, which were launched in December 2013 and led to the arrest of high-profile figures including the sons of three government ministers as well as several entrepreneurs.

All those detained in the December probes were later released pending trial.

The Turkish government has denounced the December probes as a "dirty plot" constructed by a "parallel structure" group of bureaucrats embedded within the country's key institutions, including the judiciary branch and the police.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2014, 00:53
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