Former Istanbul deputy police chief released pending trial

A former deputy police chief of the Istanbul Police Department, Hamza Tosun, was briefly detained this week before being released pending trial early Wednesday morning, after being referred to court for arrest on charges of andquotattempting to overthrow the government or to prevent it from performing its duties.andquot
Tosun had previously been detained on Sept. 1, 2014, as part of a large-scale government crackdown on the police force following the eruption of two major corruption scandals involving the government in December 2013. The officers who took part in the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 investigation have been targeted by government-controlled judges and prosecutors ever since. Tosun did not actively take part in the operations, but he is considered to be linked to the case because he was called shortly after the raids by a colleague who was in the United States.
Tosun was released pending trial after his September detention. However, this week, on Tuesday morning, he was detained again and questioned about the aforementioned call until 3 a.m. on Wednesday, then referred to court after a prosecutor demanded his arrest. An Istanbul court handling the case rejected the prosecutorand’s request and released Tosun pending trial after he had been interrogated.
Tosun spoke to the Cihan news agency after the release, saying: andquotI was incarcerated on coup attempt charges. I say the same thing that I said after my detention on Sept. 1: May God curse those who attempted a coup. I would confront anyone plotting a coup. They asked me a lot of questions. Some of them related to my phone calls. My phone conversations with my loved ones, family and friends are considered a crime now. They deem some programs I downloaded to my smartphone as evidence of a crime. My friends, donand’t ever download programs to your smartphones. Otherwise you might be charged with involvement in terrorist organizations.andquot
Also speaking to Cihan, Osman Ertandurk, a lawyer representing Tosun, said: andquotWhat they are asking about is a phone call made from the US on Dec. 17, 2013, around 3 or 4 a.m. that day. The call was from a friend of his of 25 years.andquot

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman