Police sent to court in Turkey's 'parallel state' case

Public prosecutor asks court to arrest 10 police officers detained in Turkey's east in connection with alleged illegal wiretapping.

Police sent to court in Turkey's 'parallel state' case

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish prosecutor in Istanbul has asked for the arrest of ten suspects - out of 11 - over the 'parallel state' investigation.

Details have emerged of a second major police operation in Istanbul and other Turkish cities where police officers are being sought in connection with an alleged illegal wiretapping probe.

The Istanbul-based operation, which began early Tuesday, saw detentions take place in several Turkish cities. As part of the 'parallel state' operations, 32 police personnel have been detained in the eastern cities of Van, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Igdir and the Turkish capital Ankara.

Overall, 33 police officials were being sought in the early hours of Tuesday on charges including wiretapping, espionage and forgery.

This morning’s operation follows a first wave of nationwide detentions in late July which saw a total of 31 police officers and chiefs arrested. Over 100 police officers were detained on July 22.

The Istanbul-based anti-graft operations have followed a December 2013 probe which led to the arrest of high-profile figures including the sons of three former government ministers as well as several business people.

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

The Turkish government has denounced the December probes as a "coup attempt" constructed by a "parallel structure,” a group of bureaucrats - allegedly followers of a Turkish preacher based in the U.S. - embedded within the country's key institutions, including the judiciary and the police.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ağustos 2014, 09:21