Turkish police detain 43 suspects in ‘parallel state’ probe

Forty-three people allegedly related in ‘parallel state’ case detained in Turkey

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Forty-three suspects including an ex-rector whom Turkish prosecutors charged as members of the “parallel state” were detained on May 22, in Turkey’s central province of Konya and 11 other provinces, in connection with racketeering.

A court charged the suspects with being members of a “parallel state,” racketeering under the name of “himmet,” (favour) blackmailing when being unable to collect money, interfering in judicial decisions, violating of private life, confidentiality of communication, privacy of investigation, blocking and breaking into information systems, and deleting and altering data.

Many businessmen allegedly went to court to register a complaint over being under threat by the “parallel state” members, according to Turkish news agencies.

The former rector of Mevlana University, Bahattin Adam, the former deputy chairman of Turkish Higher Education Council, Halis Calis, and several businessmen were among the detained suspects.

The ongoing "parallel state" case was launched on Dec. 14, 2014 against senior media figures and police officers in 13 provinces across Turkey for allegedly being affiliated with what the prosecutors describe as a "parallel state."

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

More detentions have been expected on the following hours, Turkish media said.

The then Turkish prime minister - now 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 of the office was related to the political spying carried out by the “parallel state.” 

The “parallel state” probe concerns allegations of “espionage - illegal wiretapping by the police force of people including high ranking government officials, politicians, bureaucrats, academics, journalists, businessmen, etc. - illegal taping of individual records, forgery of official documents, forming and managing a terrorist organisation, attempting to overthrow the government or limit the government’s functions.”

TRTWorld and agencies