Turkey’s high council of judges and prosecutors (HSYK) announced the start of an investigation on Thursday into 54 judges and prosecutors who gave permission for illegal wiretapping of senior government officials and politicians between the years of 2010 to 2013.
The probe on the judges and prosecutors accused in the case comes in response to a separate case, known as the “Kudus Army Terror Organisation” or the “Selam Tevhid” case, which was started by those currently under investigation.
It is believed that those behind the "Selam Tevhid" case launched it as an excuse for illegally wiretapping senior government officials and politicians accused of being connected to a militant organisation.
The judges and prosecutors are accused of allowing the illegal wiretapping of encrypted and regular phones of high rank government officials, bureaucrats, academicians, journalists, businessmen.
The investigations are part of an ongoing probe into Turkey’s “parallel state,” which is allegedly a secret organisation comprised of a group of bureaucrats embedded in the country’s institutions, including the judiciary and the police force.
The “parallel state” is suspected of being part of the “Gulen movement,” which is led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and his supporters.
According to a previously published summary about the “parallel state” probe, its members targeted strategic institutions of the government and forged documents as a pretext to investigate the so-called “Selam Tevhid” organisation in order to achieve their goal of overthrowing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party)
The “parallel state” is claimed to have illegally wiretapped the encrypted and regular phones of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, Chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel, Constitutional Court President Hasim Kilic and the members of the National Security Council (MGK) as well as many others at the time.