Indictment submitted against police officers who oversaw 2013 graft probes

Istanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor irfan Fidan submitted an indictment to an Istanbul court on Monday against the police officers who carried out operations in December 2013 as part of graft probes that implicated ministers and people from the inner circles of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and then-Prime Minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Fidan submitted his 10,559-page indictment to the Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court on Monday against 122 suspects, including prominent Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen and journalist Emre Uslu. Out of the 122 suspects, 54 were arrested by Penal Courts of Peace in Istanbul and remain in prison since July 22, 2014, while some of the police officers relesed pending trial.
On July 22, 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.
Most of the police officers detained were involved in the Dec. 17 operation as well as 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 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 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 Gandulen movement or what he calls a and”parallel structure.and”
The arrests followed a stream of purges targeting the police, judiciary and other state institutions. Since Dec. 17, 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.