Three police officers arrested in illegal wiretapping probe

Three police officers arrested over illegal wiretapping charges in Antalya based operation

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Three of the seven suspects belonging to police force that were detained on Tuesday across five different provinces as part of the illegal wiretapping investigation, were arrested on Thursday over misconduct charges.

The suspects including former intelligence unit vice directorate Mehmet E., former police chiefs Sunal S. and Erol C. are arrested while four others were released.

The investigation was launched by anti-terrorism unit of Antalya police department early on Monday morning in provinces of Antalya, Izmir, Burdur, Sanliurfa and Batman, to detain 13 suspects that are allegedly involved in illegal wiretapping of politicians, journalists, academicians and police force members.

The suspects were detained over the alleged charges of “forgery in official documents, forming and managing a criminal organisation, violation of communication privacy, illegally wiretapping and recording personal data.”

Cases of investigations are carried out against an inner circle named “Parallel State” for being behind the espionage, illegal wiretapping of high-ranking government officials, and is seen as a national security threat by the government.

Gulen Movement which is led by the US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen and allegedly has influence on the judiciary, police force, media and bureaucracy through its adherents, is accused of forming the “Parallel State.”

In the meantime, 10 suspects that were detained on Wednesday in an operation carried out against the members of the “Parallel State” based off southeastern province of Adiyaman for involvement in cheating and fraud in Turkey’s 2010 State Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS) investigation, were referred to court.

The KPSS investigation accuses suspects of charges including “being a member of an organisation founded to commit crimes, forgery of official documents, fraud at the expense of public institutions and organs, removing evidence of felony, and misconduct in office.”

The probe into the KPSS exam 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.

TRTWorld and agencies