Ten ‘parallel state’ suspects arrested in western Turkey

Turkish court arrests ten suspects allegedly tied to ‘parallel state structure’ in western province of Izmir

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A Turkish court arrests 10 suspects out of a total of 26 suspects in western province of Izmir on Dec. 22, 2015.

The Third Izmir Penal Court of Peace has decided to arrest ten suspects out of a total of 26 detained suspects allegedly connected to a "parallel state structure" in the western province of Izmir.

The Izmir prosecutor’s office previously ordered the detention of 57 suspects within the scope of the "parallel state" investigation. A total of 26 suspects were sent to the respective court on Dec. 22 following extensive police operations in Izmir, Istanbul, Malatya, Eskisehir, Mugla and Antalya.

The Gulen Movement, which is led by Fethullah Gulen - a US-based preacher of Turkish origin - is accused by the Turkish government of establishing and leading a "parallel state," composed of a network of followers who have allegedly infiltrated the judiciary, police force, and other state agencies.

On July 24, security forces detained a crucial suspect in Izmir who allegedly happened to be "the treasurer of the organisation" during an operation which was able to seize the archive of the organisation going back at least 15 years, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.

The archive and testimonies of the suspect reportedly helped reveal the network, leading to many detentions since then.

An extensive investigation into the group was begun after the movement was accused of attempting to overthrow the elected Turkish government through a judicial coup in December 2013.

A secret circle within the Gulen Movement was also determined a national security threat for Turkey by the country's National Security Council.

Turkey’s chief public prosecutor’s office of Istanbul recently issued an indictment accusing the circle of "terrorism" and labelled it the "Gulenist Terrorist Organization (FETO)." The group is accused of engaging in illegal wiretapping, blackmail and issuing threats.

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