Turkish security forces detained 18 suspects including former high level police officials during simultaneous operations against the ‘parallel state structure’ in 13 provinces early on Tuesday.
The recent operations were carried out within the scope of an investigation which was launched by Istanbul’s Chief Prosecutor Office on July 22. into the outlawed movement .
Eighteen of the 27 suspects who were recently issued an arrest warrant by the court were detained over the charge of being affiliated with the "parallel state," or illegal Gulen movement.
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" led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and his supporters which the Turkish government alleges are plotting to undermine it.
An extensive investigation into the group had begun after the movement was accused of attempting to overthrow the elected Turkish government via judicial coup last December.
A secret circle within the Gulen Movement, was also determined as a national security threat for Turkey by the National Security Council.
Meanwhile, head of the movement, Fethullah Gulen who is a retired preacher from Turkey living in exile in the US was highlighted as one of the "most wanted" men, along with leaders of terrorist groups such as the PKK and DAESH by Turkish Interior Ministry.