Seven out of 10 suspects whom Turkish prosecutors charged for allegedly violating Turkey’s national security laws were arrested on Sunday in connection with a probe involving the interception 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 forced interception.
Three out of 10 soldiers were released by the court at the end of a seven hour-long interrogation.
The Syria-bound MIT trucks were stopped in Turkey’s southern provinces of Adana and Hatay in January 2014 and were searched by local gendarmerie on claims that they were carrying arms shipments .
Four prosecutors who were charged for issuing the search warrant on trucks and a former gendarmerie commander were arrested on May 7.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry said the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid to the Turkmen community which live under constant regime attacks in war-torn Syria.
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.