Turkish police arrested three suspected police officers allegedly involved in illegal wiretapping on Sunday in the country’s north-eastern Rize province,as part of an operation that was launched in three provinces.
The police organized simultaneous operations in Rize, Balikesir and Denizli provinces.
The suspects were arrested on alleged charge of illegal wiretapping provincial board members of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), provincial and district heads of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and the Republican People’s Party (CHP).
The police isstill searching for two other suspects, said security officials, adding eleven people were released after being questioned.
The “parallel state” probe was launched by the Istanbul of Prosecution concerning allegations of “espionage, illegal wiretapping of high rank government officials, bureaucrats, academicians, 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.”
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 to control these institutions.