Turkey arrests 100 top policemen in wire-tapping probe

July 23, 2014 - 6:11:29 am
Former vice president of the Financial Crime department of the Istanbul police, Kazim Aksoy (centre), detained as part of a criminal probe over alleged corruption, leaves a hospital in Istanbul after a medical check-up at the start of his custody yesterday.

ANKARA: Turkish authorities yesterday arrested scores of senior police officers on suspicion of illegally eavesdropping on top officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

At least 100 serving and former top police officers were arrested in a nationwide swoop, local media reported.

Most of the arrests were in Istanbul but raids were also carried out in the capital Ankara and cities including Izmir and Diyarbakir.

The arrests are the latest round in a bitter feud between Erdogan and his former ally Fethullah Gulen, in the wake of a vast corruption scandal that broke late last year implicating the prime minister and his inner circle.

AFP

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