18 more officers detained over wiretapping claims, families protest detention

ANKARA: Eighteen senior police officers were detained over illegal wiretapping allegations in the last wave of government-backed operations against police force on Monday evening.

The operation targeted police chiefs from the Intelligence Unit Branch. Former head of the Intelligence Department of the National Police Department, Omer Altıparmak, and former deputy police chief of the Ankara Police Department, Lokman Kırcılı, are among the police chiefs who have been targeted.

On Tuesday, family members of the officers gathered in front of Ankara Police Department and held a demonstration to support them. Large group of people opened placards which said “Ones who fought against the KCK [Kurdistan Communities Union] are kept in, terrorists are free”. The group later prayed for the detained officers.

The police operations against the police, which prosecutors say were launched after allegations of spying and illegal wiretapping were made, are widely believed to be an act of government revenge for a corruption investigation that went public on Dec. 17, 2013.


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