The number of arrests made by Turkish courts regarding cheating that allegedly took place in 2010 State Personnel Examination (KPSS) reached 60 suspects, according to data collected by Anadolu Agency Saturday.
In the probe, 160 suspects were detained on charges of misconduct in operations that began on March 23 carried out by public prosecutor Yucel Erkman in 14 different provinces nationwide. 120 of the detained were state employees.
The prosecution said the case has been undergoing investigation over the past 15 months and it is a continuation of another probe into the KPSS examination misconduct that was initially launched in Isparta’s Yalvac district in 2010.
Among the detainees, 60 suspects were arrested including five women.
In the first raid on March 23, 82 suspects were detained of which 30 were arrested while 30 were released on judicial controls by the court. 13 suspects were already released after questioning by prosecution. Seven suspects are still on the run.
The second operation that took place on April 20 led to the detainment of 78 suspects throughout 29 provinces. Sixty nine of the 78 suspects were state personnel.
The prosecution freed two while police released 25 suspects after questioning. 28 suspects were arrested while 20 suspects were released subject to judicial controls. Police are still searching for three suspects.
Former Turkish Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) presidents Unal Yarımagan and Ali Demir also testified as suspects.
In the meantime, over a dozen alleged victims of the 2010 KPSS exam misconduct have filed a motion to intervene in the probe, suggesting that the leaked questions unfairly provided the cheaters with higher results at their expense.
Turkish police have said that some of the suspects fled their locations after the a pro-Gulenist social media account known for leaking state information to the public announced the raids, leading the suspects to go into hiding.
The probe alleges that members of the Gulen Movement were involved in the leakage of the exam questions and the distribution of questions to their followers in order to place their adherents in key government institutions.
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 to influence national politics.
Gulen Movement members deny the allegations or any involvement over the accusations.