Turkey suspend 49 judges and prosecutors

Top judicial body rules on officials implicated in wiretapping cases

Turkey suspend 49 judges and prosecutors

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s top judicial body has suspended dozens of judges and prosecutors implicated in alleged illegal wiretapping.

The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) ruled in favor of suspending 49 out of 54 judges and prosecutors over charges linked to wiretaps of thousands of people, including senior government officials and top state institutions.

On July 9, the HSYK paved the way for the prosecution of these judges and prosecutors as part of an investigation into the purported Selam-Tevhid organization.

Selam-Tevhid has been was linked to the ‘parallel state’ organization, led by the U.S.-based preacher, Fetullah Gulen.

The network is accused of wiretapping senior government figures, including the prime minister, National Intelligence Organization chief, cabinet ministers as well as journalists through serving state officials.

Judge Mehmet Yilmaz, the head of HSYK's 2nd Department, told reporters that the concept of the "legal state" had been destroyed by illegal wiretappings.

"Freedom of communication and secrecy of private life should be open to intervention at a scale the Constitution allows," said Yilmaz.

According to the Turkish government, the ‘parallel state’ or ‘parallel structure’ refers to a purported group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and police, who are allegedly trying to undermine the government.

The ongoing operation against this network has resulted in the detention of dozens of police officers and the reassignment of hundreds of other officers across Turkey. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Temmuz 2015, 17:26