Five arrested in probe involving Turkey's top scientific body

Suspects accused of abuse of power while working at Marmara Research Center, which is linked to Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An Ankara court ruled on Wednesday for the arrest of five people in an alleged "illegal recruitment and collection of money for a terror organisation" probe at the country's top scientific body, known as the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBİTAK)

Earlier, 17 out of 28 suspects were detained in a police operation launched in Ankara, Istanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa and Canakkale provinces on abuse of power charges.

Of them, three suspects were freed at the Ankara police department, six were freed following their proceedings at the prosecution's office and another three, who were accused of "damaging public commodity," were later released with the provision of judicial control.

The 28 suspects worked for the Marmara Research Center (MAM), which is linked to the TUBITAK.