30 more police officers detained in Mersin-based operation against police

Thirty members of the police force were detained across 19 provinces early on Monday as part of a new wave of investigations of the police.
According to the media, 30 police officers have been detained so far in the operation, which was based in the southern province of Mersin, but detention orders were issued for more than 40 people as part of the operation across 19 provinces. The detention orders were issued on the charges of illegal wiretapping, the Dogan news agency said.
The raids were conducted in Adana, Ankara, Antalya, andcorum, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Eskiiehir, Hatay, Istanbul, Kahramanmarai, Kayseri, Kilis, Mersin, Muila, Samsun, Siirt, ianliurfa, iirnak and Van.
Among those detained is former intelligence unit chief Ali ihsan Kaya, who is a deputy candidate of the election coalition between the Felicity Party (SP) and the Grand Unity Party (BBP).
Abdullah Bulca, a local journalist who is the owner of the Gandundem Deiifre news website, was also detained as part of the operation. Bulca is known for reports regarding products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The operations against the police, which prosecutors say were launched after allegations of spying and illegal wiretapping, are widely believed to be an act of government revenge for a corruption investigation that went public on Dec. 17, 2013. The corruption investigation resulted in the detentions of dozens of people, including businessmen close to the government, senior bureaucrats and the sons of three former ministers.
With less than a week remaining until the June 7 parliamentary election, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has intensified its defamation campaign against the Gandulen movement — also known as the Hizmet movement — under the argument of a so-called andquotparallel structure.andquot The and”parallel structureand” is a term invented by then-Prime Minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a massive corruption scandal to refer to members of the Gandulen movement, which is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen.
The Mersin-based operation comes just 11 days after a large-scale Konya-based police operation on May 22 that targeted dozens of police officers and businessmen.
Among the police officers detained as part of that operation were former BingandOl Police Chief Ercan Taitekin and former police chief and Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Bureau head Anadolu Atayandun. Five people, including Atayandun, were arrested by the court on May 25 as part of an investigation into the so-called and”parallel structure.and”
Furthermore, thousands of police officials and officers, as well as judges and prosecutors, were reassigned or removed in the aftermath of the Dec. 17 corruption and bribery scandal. Many among them were later prosecuted and imprisoned pending trial on the charge of membership in a andquotparallel structure.andquot
The successive operations being orchestrated by the AK Party government and Erdogan are widely seen as targeting the Hizmet movement. Erdogan has accused the movement of being behind a plot to oust him from power by allegedly exposing the Dec. 17 corruption and bribery scandal, but has not offered any evidence to support his claim. The movement denies the accusation. No evidence has been brought forward and no court ruling exists in Turkey that proves the Hizmet movement is an and”armed terrorist organization.and”
Gandulen, the inspiration behind the Gandulen movement, which promotes inter-religious dialogue and educational activities, has been living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 and has not returned to the country since then. Before Erdoganand’s relations with the movement soured after the corruption probe became public in 2013, he and many members of his government highly valued the movementand’s educational activities. They visited the Gandulen-inspired schools opened all around the world by Turkish entrepreneurs and praised their services and quality education.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman