More detentions in Turkey wiretapping probe

The security sources said arrest warrants were issued for 54 people and 40 of them had so far been held in simultaneous raids centred on Ankara and spanning 20 provinces across Turkey.

More detentions in Turkey wiretapping probe
World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish police early on Wednesday detained 40 policemen in a fresh operation in the capital and several other provinces as part of an ongoing probe into illegal wiretapping.

The operation came after the Ankara prosecutor’s office ordered the detention of a total of 54 policemen wanted in 20 provinces including Ankara, Konya, Bolu, Duzce, Hakkari and Diyarbakir provinces.

Such operations have been held across the country against what the government calls the "parallel state," a movement allegedly formed by U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and his supporters.

The "parallel state" is a purported group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and the police, which are allegedly trying to undermine the Turkish government.

In the course of the scandal, wiretap recordings of top officials including Erdogan leaked onto the Internet. Thousands of police officers, judges and prosecutors have since been removed from their posts or transferred to other duties.

In December, a Turkish court issued an arrest warrant for Gulen on suspicion of heading a criminal organisation and this month Turkey revoked his passport.

On Tuesday, another arrest warrant was issued for him and a newspaper columnist under a related wiretapping case, according to media reports.




Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Şubat 2015, 13:12