Turkish PM's ex-security manager arrested over bugging

Erdogan's former personal security chief Zeki Bulut is among those who have had their properties searched and was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Turkish PM's ex-security manager arrested over bugging

World Bulletin / News Desk

 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's former security manager has been arrested as police launch an investigation after a listening device was found in his office.

In a wave of operations seeking to get to the bottom of the bugging scandal, 12 addresses, including the homes of former senior police officers, are being searched. 

Erdogan's former personal security chief Zeki Bulut is among those who have had their properties searched and was taken into custody on Tuesday.

The Turkish government has blamed recent bugging and wiretapping scandals that have targeted top names across various segments of the Turkish society, including politicians, journalists, lawyers, activists and security officials on a 'parallel state' set up by Hizmet Movement leader Fethullah Gulen.

Fethullah Gulen has been living in self-exile in the US since 1999, where he runs one of Turkey's most influential movements from his Pennsylvania home.

Once a supporter of Erdogan's ruling AK Party, the the movement fell out with the government over a number of issues including the attempted prosecution of Turkey's intelligence chief Hakan Fidan in 2012 by a prosecutor believed to be allied to Gulen.

The split was confirmed last Autumn when the movement protested Erdogan's call to transform prep schools into private schools.

The movement claimed that their prep schools, from which they earn a bulk of their income, could not be transformed and thus faced closure.

Erdogan then accused prosecutors and police officials loyal to Gulen of attepting a post-modern civilian coup on the government with accusations of corruption.

After a number of government loyalists were arrested in raids on December 17, Erdogan initiated a purge on the country's police and judiciary, forcing hundreds out of their posts.

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