11 released from 46 people detained in Izmir-based police operation

Eleven of the 46 people including former police chiefs, provincial governors and civil servants who were detained by police on Tuesday on charges of and”acting beyond their legal authoritiesand” on Tuesday were released on Wednesday, according to the Cihan news agency.
Upon an order by izmir Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Okan Bato, the izmir anti-smuggling and organized crime unit conducted raids on Tuesday that were centered in the province of izmir but extended to 17 other cities and detained a total of 46 individuals. The order was given by the prosecutor without a court order on the grounds that the case was urgent.
The izmir Public Prosecutorand’s Office has released a written statement on the operation in which it claims the suspects are members of the and”parallel structure,and” a phrase coined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer to followers of the Gandulen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, a grassroots initiative inspired by the ideas of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen.
The private Cihan news agency reported on Wednesday that 11 of the detainees were released early on Wednesday.
Erdogan made the elimination of the and”parallel structureand” a priority after a major corruption scandal involving people in his inner circle came to public attention with a wave of detentions on Dec. 17, 2013. Erdogan, who was prime minister at the time of the scandal, framed the corruption investigation as a and”plot against his governmentand” by the Hizmet movement and foreign collaborators.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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