Former chief prosecutor arrested over ‘spying’ on Turkey’s intelligence agency

Former Tarsus chief prosecutor Suleyman Bagriyanik was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of ‘spying’ on Turkey’s national intelligence agency

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for four prosecutors and a former gendarmerie commander on charges of “spying” for unauthorized interception of aid trucks that belonged to the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) in January, while one of the prosecutors - Suleyman Bagriyanik - was arrested on Wednesday night. 

The Second Heavy Penal Court of Tarsus ruled to arrest five suspects including four prosecutors and a gendarmerie commander over the incident. 

The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) is in charge of conducting the investigation.

The Former Tarsus chief prosecutor was taken into custody from his home in Antalya and transferred to Tarsus. 

Other suspects that the court issued arrest warrants for included public prosecutors Aziz takcı and Ahmet Karaca - who are accused of being involved in the interception of the trucks  - as well as former provincial gendarmerie commander of Adana, Ozkan Cokay. 

The suspects are accused of “attempting to overthrow the government of the Turkish Republic by use of force and violence.” The indictment calls for aggravated life imprisonment for the suspects. 

The interception of the trucks took place at a time when an attempted judicial coup was allegedly carried out against the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) between December 17-25 by followers of the Gulen Movement, led by US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen. 

The suspects accused of involvement in the interruption of the MIT aid trucks are alleged to also be members of the Gulen Movement. 

Members of the movement are accused of infiltrating state institutions including the judiciary, police force and bureaucracy, and forming an inner circle inside the government labeled as the “parallel state.” 

The charge asks for aggravated life imprisonment for suspects. 

Seventeen military personnel were arrested in April for involvement in the incidents. 

The Adana Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, which filed the case, had said, “ information that should have been secret was revealed and attained with the intent of political and military spying.” 

The lawyers of the suspects had demanded the gendarmerie be tried by a military court. However, the Supreme Military Court of Appeals refused the case, saying “since the incident took place when the gendarmes were under judicial duty, the case must be tried in a civilian court.”

TRTWorld and agencies