Turkey detains 34 military men in 'illegal wiretapping' probe

33 soldiers and a commander of the Turkish armed forces have been detained as part of an ongoing 'parallel state ideas' probe into the so-called 'Selam-Tevhid' organization

Turkey detains 34 military men in 'illegal wiretapping' probe

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thirty-three soldiers and a commander of the Turkish armed forces have been detained as part of an ongoing "parallel state ideas" probe into the so-called “Selam-Tevhid” organization.

The Istanbul prosecutor ordered the detention of the men Sunday on various charges of wiretapping, espionage, violation of privacy, storing personal data in violation of the law, forgery of official documents, forming, managing or joining a terrorist organization, as well as the charge of attempting to overthrow the government or preventing it from doing its duties.

The alleged “Selam-Tavhid” organization is accused of wiretapping senior government figures, including the prime minister, National Intelligence Organization or MIT chief, cabinet ministers as well as journalists through serving state officials.

Eleven police officers, including Istanbul’s former Anti-Terror Division Director Yurt Atayun were arrested in the first operation against the organization, which was reportedly launched in late July 2014.

In February 2015, the prosecution extended its operation and ordered the detention of 29 more police officers, 17 of whom were found guilty of forming, managing or joining a terrorist organization, political or military espionages and attempting to overthrow the government or preventing it from doing its duties.

Last Mod: 05 Nisan 2015, 15:13
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