Turkish security forces launched a series of Ankara based operations in 23 provinces on Friday following an official arrest warrant for some suspects connected to the Gulen movement over illegal wiretapping.
Turkey’s Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s office ordered the detention of 46 suspects who were allegedly tied to the Gulen movement and involved in illegal monitoring of phone calls of more than 400 people including high profile figures from judiciary, press and business fields.
Security officials reported that a total number of 18 suspects including five police chiefs were arrested within the scope of the investigation.
The Gulen Movement, which is led by Fethullah Gulen, 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.
An extensive investigation into the group began 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 to Turkey by the National Security Council.
Furthermore, Turkey’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s office of Istanbul issued an indictment accusing the circle of “terrorism,” calling it the “Gulenist Terrorist Organisation (FETO).” The accusations include illegal wiretapping, blackmail, fraud and threats.
Meanwhile, fourteen other suspects were detained in the Kocaeli province on Friday over links with the Gulen Movement.