Ten more arrests in ‘parallel state’ wiretapping probe

Turkish police arrest 10 more suspects over suspected illegal wiretapping in ‘parallel state’ operation

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ten out of a total of 17 suspects whom Turkish prosecutors charged as a member of “parallel state” were arrested on May 15 in connection with the illegal wiretapping probe.

A court charged the suspects with being members of a “parallel state,” blocking and breaking into information systems, and deleting and altering data.

The ongoing "parallel state" case was launched on Dec. 14, 2014 against senior media figures and police officers in 13 provinces across Turkey for allegedly being affiliated with what the prosecutors describe as a "parallel state."

The “parallel state” is purported to be comprised of a group of bureaucrats embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and the police, which are suspected to be part of the "Gulen movement" which is led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and his supporters.

On May 11 an Ankara court ordered the detention of 34 people, including several police chiefs, who were accused of involving in the illegal wiretapping of Turkey’s high ranking people.

Twenty five out of 34 suspects have been detained. Eight of them were released under judicial controls, which require them to report to police stations weekly and forbid them from leaving the country.

The court issued arrest warrants for 17 of detained suspects on May 14, which led to 10 of them being arrested the next day.

The then Turkish Prime Minister - now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed in late 2012 that a bug had been found in his office.

In December 2013 the government said the bugging of the office was related to the political spying carried out by the “parallel state.” 

The “parallel state” probe concerns allegations of “espionage - illegal wiretapping by the police force of people including high ranking government officials, politicians,  bureaucrats, academics, journalists, businessmen, etc. - illegal taping of individual records, forgery of official documents, forming and managing a terrorist organization, attempting to overthrow the government or limit the government’s functions.”

TRTWorld and agencies