Court accepts indictment against police officers who oversaw Tawhid-Salam probe

An indictment which was prepared against the police officers who carried out operations in December 2013 as part of graft probes and an investigation into Tawhid-Salam, an Iranian-backed terrorist organization, has been accepted.
Istanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor irfan Fidan submitted the indictment to the Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court late last month. Fidanand’s 10,559-page indictment was accepted by the court on Monday against 122 suspects, including prominent Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen, journalist Emre Uslu and former police chief Yurt Atayandun. Out of the 122 suspects, 54 were arrested by Penal Courts of Peace in Istanbul and have remained in prison ever since July 22, 2014, while some of the police officers have beenreleased pending trial. In addition to accepting the indictment, the court issued an arrest warrant for Gandulen and Uslu in absentia.
On July 22, 2014 a total of 115 police officers, including former senior police chiefs, were detained in an operation that began with pre-dawn raids. The operation, which prosecutors say was launched following allegations of spying and illegal wiretapping, is widely believed to be an act of revenge by the government for the corruption investigation that became public on Dec. 17, 2013 with the detention of dozens of people, including businessmen close to the government, senior bureaucrats and the sons of three now-former ministers. It also implicated people from the inner circles of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and then-prime minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including his son.
Most of the police officers detained were involved in the Dec. 17 operation, in addition to officers who carried out the Balyoz (Sledgehammer), Ergenekon, Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) and Tawhid-Salam investigations. Tawhid-Salam is an Iranian-backed terrorist organization.
The July 22 operation against the police force was part of Erdoganand’s war against the Hizmet movement, which operates charities, educational and outreach programs and is inspired by Gandulenand’s views. The AK Party and Erdogan accuse the sympathizers of the movement, especially those in the police force and judiciary, of working to overthrow his AK Party government and orchestrating the Dec. 17 corruption and bribery investigation. The movement denies the accusation.
After creating the Penal Courts of Peace through legislation passed by Parliament in June 2014, Erdogan had promised a and”witch huntand” against the Hizmet or Gandulen movement — what he calls a and”parallel structure.and”
The arrests followed a stream of purges targeting the police, judiciary and other state institutions. Since the Dec. 17 operation, tens of thousands of police officers, civil servants, judges and prosecutors have been reassigned, while some of them were dismissed, detained and arrested for their alleged suspected links to the Gandulen movement.


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