At least 87 Police Officers Detained in Turkey’s ‘parallel state’ Probe
Dozens of high-ranking police officials were detained in simultaneous operations conducted in 22 provinces of Turkey early July 22, as part of an investigation into accusations against the “parallel state.”
According to a statement released by the Adana Public Prosecutor’s Office, the police officers are charged with ‘fraud in official documents,’ ‘making up crimes,’ ‘violating the privacy of communication,’ ‘wiretapping private conversations and recording them,’ ‘violating the privacy’ and ‘recording personal data.’ There are detention orders for a total of 134 suspects.
Most of the detained suspects were in key positions during the Dec. 17, 2013, probe into allegations of graft and corruption, which targeted prominent businessmen, civil servants and four ex-ministers.
The officers will face prosecution in Adana 3rd High Criminal Court.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, national intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and a wide range of journalists, academics, business leaders and NGO representatives were wiretapped for years by the police as part of different probes, said the media reports.