Turkey’s Police Arrested 38 for ‘framing’ Fenerbahce Officials

hhhTurkish authorities on Tuesday detained 38 people suspected of ”framing” soccer team Fenerbahce’s players and directors in a match-fixing investigation in 2011, as the government pressed ahead with a crackdown on supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric.

Police had warrants for the arrest of 64 people suspected of involvement in the alleged plot against Fenerbahce officials.

At least 38 of them were detained in raids in Istanbul and 27 other cities. The suspects, who include former police chiefs, lawyers and at least one journalist, face possible charges of forming and belonging to a ”terror organization” and conducting illegal wiretaps, the agency reported.

Several Fenerbahce officials, including club President Aziz Yildirim, were arrested and put on trial as part of the match-fixing scandal in 2011 but were all acquitted in a re-trial last year.