Court rejects re-arrest bid in Turkey 'parallel state' case

An Istanbul court has rejected a prosecutor's objection to the release of eight detainees, including Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily.

Court rejects re-arrest bid in Turkey 'parallel state' case
World Bulletin / News Desk
An Istanbul court rejected Wednesday a prosecutor's objection to releasing eight people arrested in a high-profile police operation against what the Turkish government describes as the "parallel state.”

Last week, Prosecutor Hasan Yilmaz submitted a petition of objection to the court asking for the individuals to be re-arrested.

Among those suspects released was Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily newspaper. He was released on condition that he would not travel outside Turkey.

On Dec. 14, a police operation was launched against senior media figures and police officers in 13 provinces across Turkey for allegedly being affiliated with what the government describes as the "parallel state," a purported group of bureaucrats embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and the police.

More than 20 suspects were taken into custody for being allegedly linked with U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and his so-called Hizmet movement.

In December 2013, an anti-graft probe targeted several high-profile figures, including the sons of three former government ministers as well as leading Turkish businessmen.

The government denounced the probe as a "dirty plot" constructed by a "parallel state."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ocak 2015, 13:38