World Bulletin / News Desk
Twenty active duty military officers were summoned by the İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to testify on Monday as part of an ongoing probe into a military espionage gang.
A total of 85 individuals, including 51 active duty military officers, have been arrested so far in operations carried out as part of the probe.
The first wave of arrests of members of the gang began in May when 20 people were arrested, accused of prostitution, human smuggling, blackmail, illegally obtaining military information and establishing and running a criminal organization. According to earlier news reports, the gang is headed by a 25-year-old woman who is studying at Pamukkale University in Denizli.
The gang is accused of hiring foreign women as prostitutes for military officers from whom they obtained military information and then selling that information to third parties. The gang is based in İzmir and reportedly has branches in a number of provinces, including İstanbul, Ankara, Bursa, Antalya, Muğla, Manisa, Zonguldak and Ordu. The investigation into the espionage gang started around a year and a half ago.Last Mod: 16 Temmuz 2012, 17:44