Four suspects of unlawful wiretapping - a member of Turkey’s top telecommunication agency and three from its top science institution - were indicted by the Ankara prosecutor’s office on May 6 on charges connected to the “parallel state” probe.
The probe concerns alleged illegal wiretapping of encrypted and regular phones of high-ranking government officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and many senior officers, journalists and businessmen.
The suspects include officer of the Presidency of Telecommunication and Communication (TIB), Yunus Sahin, and Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK) staff members Imran Erguler, Erhan Yeni and Ozgur Oren.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed in late 2012 that a bug had been found in his office. In December 2013 the government said the bugging was part of the political spying carried out by the “parallel state.”
The “parallel state” formed by the Gulen Movement which allegedly infiltrated the country’s highest institutions, including the judiciary and the police, with the aim of overthrowing the government.
The Gulen Movement is led by US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen who is considered to posses consider sway over its followers.
The court charged the four suspects of being a member of a “parallel state”, blocking and breaking into information systems, and deleting and altering data.
The probe is also investigating former vice president of TUBITAK, Hasan Palaz, who is currently under arrest on charges of illegally wiretapping Erdogan’s office in 2011.
Palaz is also being accused of a member of “parallel state” was arrested on April 6 on charges of preparing a false report about the wiretapping incident, which was allegedly prepared by two employees who did not have the necessary expertise to carry out the task.
On December 2014, an Ankara court started an investigation into the wiretapping of Erdogan’s office and since then many people have been detained on charges of eavesdropping on Turkey’s top officials, disclosing highly-sensitive information, and using the information in their own favour.