After it was revealed in the media on Sept. 17 that two listening devices had been found in the office of the Prime Ministry's Overseas Turks Agency (YTB), police have detained 12 suspects in simultaneous operations in the provinces of Ankara, İstanbul and Ardahan, linked to the investigation, Turkish news agencies reported on Monday.
On Sept. 17, the Türkiye daily claimed that two female co-founders and current members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) were spying for Iran, reportedly gathering intelligence for Tehran by planting listening devices in the office of the YTB, although the claim was at least partly denied by Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ later that day.
The Organized Crime Unit of the Ankara Directorate of Security took 10 people in Ankara and one each in Ardahan and İstanbul into custody during simultaneous operations. After the suspects were questioned by police, 10 of them were referred to the Ankara Courthouse early on Monday morning for arrest.
Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım said over the weekend that new legal regulations will be enacted related to cyber security, in part as a result of concerns about listening devices planted inside several state offices; however, he added that no bugging devices had been found in his ministry.
“Everyone is so suspicious, even a person who is selling simit [Turkish bagels] in the street thinks that he is being listened in on. People in critical positions are conducting searches for bugging devices; however, in my ministry no devices were found,” Yıldırım told the Bugün daily after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ankara-İzmir high-speed train line project in Afyonkarahisar province on Saturday.
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