Turkish court orders detain of 9 soldiers in espionage probe

Nine soldiers including high rankings are taken into custody over espionage probe

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nine out of 10 suspects whom Turkish prosecutors charged for allegedly violating Turkey’s national security law were detained on Friday in connection with a probe involving the search of Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) trucks in 2014.

An Istanbul court issued arrest warrants for 10 soldiers, including a lieutenant, suspected of stopping and searching MIT trucks despite a national security law forbidding such a search.

The MIT trucks were stopped in Turkey’s southern provinces of Adana and Hatay in January 2014 and was searched by local gendarmerie claiming that were loaded with ammunition.

Four prosecutors who were charged for issuing the search warrant on trucks and a former gendarmerie were arrested over the same 2014 incident on May 7.

The investigation over the MIT trucks case has been launched as part of the “parallel state” probe which detained dozens of police officers and the reassignment of hundreds of other officers across Turkey. 

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" which is led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and his supporters.

TRTWorld and agencies