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An indictment recently accepted by an Istanbul court for numerous police officers who were detained as part of a government-initiated operation in July of last year on charges of spying and illegal wiretapping lacks any concrete evidence.
Prosecutor Okan andOzsoy, who is overseeing the investigation, submitted his indictment to the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court on Oct. 26. The court recently accepted the indictment, in which 143 police officers believed by the government to be close to the faith-based Gandulen movement, which is inspired by the ideas of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen, are listed as suspects.
However, no concrete evidence was seen in the 721-page indictment. Though he has repeatedly claimed the so-called and”parallel structureand” engaged in illegal wiretapping, Prosecutor andOzsoy was not able to include details such as who precisely was wiretapped by whom. andOzsoyand’s indictment also lacked a section typically included in an indictment in which the prosecutor provides details about the alleged crimes committed by the suspects.
A critical contradiction was also found in the indictment. The prosecutor claims the suspects engaged in and”illegal wiretapping,and” but admits in the indictment that the wiretappings were carried out based on court orders. Therefore, the prosecutor himself admits that the wiretappings were completely legal because they were conducted after receiving the appropriate court order.
On page 94 of the indictment, andOzsoy says the police officers in question received written orders from the court permitting them to wiretap some figures based on the suspicion that they were members of a criminal organization and, andOzsoy says, and”without showing any concrete tip-off, document or any other evidence.and” This indicates that the charges filed by the prosecutor against the police officers have been automatically refuted by the prosecutor himself in the indictment with which he seeks a prison sentence of years for the officers.
The indictment has also become an object of derision because it does not include evidence, but merely the prosecutorand’s personal comments. The prosecutor states in the indictment that the suspects copied some wiretap recordings onto another hard disk although they were supposed to destroy them, but he failed to include details such as where this hard disk was found, who found it and where this hard disk is currently.
On July 22, numerous 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 against those who participated in a 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.
The July 22 operation against the police force was part of Erdoganand’s fight against the Gandulen movement, popularly known as the Hizmet movement and operating in the fields of charity, education and outreach programs inspired by Gandulenand’s views. The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuse the sympathizers of the movement, especially those in the police force and judiciary, of being part of a and”parallel structureand” working to overthrow his AK Party government and orchestrating the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption and bribery investigation. The movement denies the accusation.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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