5 arrested in Konya-based probe

Five people who were detained in simultaneous Konya-based police operations across 19 provinces last Friday as part of an investigation into the so-called and”parallel structureand” were arrested on Monday.
The and”parallel structure and and”parallel stateand” are terms coined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer to the faith-based Gandulen movement following the eruption of a massive corruption scandal in December 2013 in which members of his government and businessmen close to him were implicated.
A total of 43 people were detained in Fridayand’s police raids. Twenty suspects were released on Saturday, with an additional 11 released on Sunday after giving their testimony. The 12 remaining detainees, including Anadolu Atayandun, a former police chief and head of the Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Bureau, were referred to Konya Courthouse for questioning following medical examinations, after which they were referred to court for arrest. The Konya 2nd Court of Peace ruled to arrest Atayandun, police officers Yanducel andO. and Kerim D., businessman Naim andc. and the former head of a prep school Hasan andc. Police are reportedly also trying to find 23 other people, including former police chief Salih Tuzcu, as well as the president of the Active Businessmenand’s and Industrialistsand’ Association.
The investigation, initiated by the Konya Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office, was conducted from Konya but spread across 19 provinces. The Konya Governorand’s Office said there were detention warrants for 66 people in Konya alone.
Among those released after being detained were former rector Mevlana University, Bahattin Adam, former vice president of the Higher Education Board (YandOK) iaban andcalii, businessman Hilmi Akdeniz and Ercan Taitekin, a lawyer and former deputy chief of the anti-organized crime unit of the Konya Police Department.
The operation, which the detaineesand’ lawyers said was based on flimsy charges aimed to intimidate government critics, targeted businessmen perceived to be close to the Gandulen movement — inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen and also known as the Hizmet movement — as well as former Konya police chiefs, officers, lawyers and many others.
An executive from the Okyanus Group, the business at the center of the investigation, was previously the target of anti-corruption operations carried out by teams led by Atayandun and

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman