Turkish police detain 11 suspects linked to 'parallel state'

Security forces detain 11 suspectes over links with ‘parallel state’ during operations in four provinces of Turkey

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Eleven suspects were detained on Tuesday during operations targeting illegal parallel state structure in Turkey.

Security forces detained 11 suspects over links with the "parallel state" structure early on Tuesday during simultaneous operations in four provinces of Turkey.

The suspects were charged with spoofing public funding and providing financial sources to the illegal organisation called ''parallel state.''

The suspects were taken to the police department for interrogation.

The “parallel state” is purported to be comprised of a group of bureaucrats embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and police force, who are suspected to be part of the "Gulen movement" led by US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen and his supporters which the Turkish government alleges are plotting to undermine it.  

An extensive investigation into the group began following accusations of an attempt to overthrow the elected Turkish government through a judicial coup last December.

An exclusive circle within the Gulen Movement was also determined to be a national security threat for Turkey by the National Security Council.

In the meantime, three people, including a former Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy Ilhan Isbilen, were arrested in Ankara on Monday, following a probe into the Gulenist terror group.

The suspects were detained earlier on Dec. 11 in a major operation across the country against the outlawed group which resulted in detention of 65 suspects.

TRTWorld and agencies