Turkish police detained 25 suspects on Monday accused in the country’s illegal wiretapping probe as part of nationwide raids conducted to take 34 suspects into custody as ordered by the prosecution.
Ankara-based public prosecutor Alparslan Karabay ordered 34 suspects to be detained from 16 different provinces, in connection with illegal wiretapping that took place between the years of 2007-2011.
Police carried out raids in the provinces of Ankara, Sanliurfa, Van, Kars, Igdir, Bayburt, Erzurum, Tokat, Eskisehir and Tekirdag. Twenty five of the 43 suspects have been detained so far while two are in prison.
According to the prosecution’s files, 17 of the suspects are said to be police chiefs while three are police officers.
Former intelligence unit vice chairs Recep Guven and Coskun Cakar were included in the list of names taken into custody, Turkey’s Sabah daily newspaper reported. Also, police said police chief Lokman Kircili is still being searched for.
The police accuse the suspects, allegedly members of Gulen Movement, of having illegally wiretapped the phones of government officials, politicians, their relatives, lawyers of imprisoned outlawed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, the municipality and provincial governorate in Diyarbakir, members of Constitutional Court as well as their relatives, professors, bureaucrats, businessmen, and former National Intelligence Agency (MIT) officers.
Members of the Gulen Movement, led by the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, are accused of forming an inner circle - a “Parallel State” - within the government through their influence in the judiciary, police force and bureaucracy in order to influence national politics.