Former President of Turkey’s Research Agency released

Former president of Turkey’s National Science and Research Agency, Yucel Altunbasak released

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Former president of Turkey’s National Science and Research Agency (TÜBİTAK) Yücel Altunbasak, Osman K., a principal clerk at the agency, and Eren Y., a manager at the agency have been released Wednesday. The prosecutor had requested for a judicial control for Altunbasak and Osman K., however, a magistrate court has ruled for the dismissal of the request.

Altunbasak and the former two officials of TÜBİTAK were detained April 14 after allegedly misconduct of duty while hiring staff for the agency.

The three men have been affiliated with the Gülen Movement led by the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen who has very strong influence on its followers that are believed to be active in certain government institutions such as the judiciary and the police force.

The movement is accused of being involved in last year’s December 17-25 operation against the government aimed at overthrowing it, and its alleged members within the governmental institutions have also been found involved in the recently revealed “cheating scandal” in the Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS) of 2010.

Some other employees of TÜBİTAK were arrested over misconduct and espionage as well as illegal wiretapping of government officials.