Turkey: more police detained over eavesdropping

AP News
Posted: Jan 05, 2015 7:25 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police on Monday detained 20 more police officers suspected of conducting illegal wiretaps in a new wave of raids, Turkey's state-run news agency reported.

The Anadolu Agency said the officers were detained in sweeps on their homes in 12 Turkish cities. They are suspected of eavesdropping on politicians, businessmen and government employees, the agency said, without identifying the alleged victims.

Dozens of other policemen were arrested in 2014 for alleged illegal wiretapping of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials.

The government says the officers are associated with a moderate Islamic movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, which it accuses of attempting to topple the government. It says the movement is behind a corruption probe against four former government ministers and a series of leaked recordings suggesting corruption by Erdogan and family members.

Gulen has denied involvement.

Last month, police raided media outlets close to Gulen, increasing concerns over media freedoms.