Turkish police search for 76 suspects implicated in national exam cheating scandal

Turkish police launch simultaneous operations to detain 76 people suspected of involvement in national exam cheating scandal

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Police authorities launched an operation Monday in order to detain 76 suspects on charges of misconduct in relation to the nationwide state employee entrance exam known as the KPSS.

The investigation regarding the leakage of State Personnel Examination (KPSS) questions and cheating was initially launched by Ankara Chief Prosecutor Yucel Erkman in 2010 after that years’ exam took place.

On March 23, the first round of a fresh investigation conducted by the organized crime unit of the Ankara Police Department listed 82 suspects to be detained over charges of misconduct in 19 different provinces throughout Turkey. Among the 62 who were detained, 32 of the suspects were arrested, while 30 of were released pending judicial proceedings.

In Monday’s operation, 78 suspects were wanted in 21 different provinces and 25 of them were reported to be taken into custody. The detained suspects are expected to be transferred to Ankara for questioning.

Turkish police have said that some of the suspects fled their locations after the a pro-Gulenist social media account known for leaking state information to the public announced the raids on Sunday night. The police are still searching for the suspects on the run.

The current probe alleges that members of the Gulen Movement are involved in the leakage of the exam questions and distributed the questions to their followers in order place their own people in key government institutions. Members of the Gulen Movement, which is led by the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, are believed to have formed an inner circle - a “Parallel State” - within the government through their influence in the judiciary and the police force.

Gulen Movement members denies the allegations or any involvement over accusations.

In the meantime, over a dozen alleged victims of the 2010 KPSS exam misconduct have filed a motion to intervene in the probe, which suggests the leaked questions unfairly provided the cheaters with higher results at their expense.

TRTWorld and agencies