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Former Turkish police chief arrested in Ergenekon case

ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires | 3/15/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Former Police Intelligence Chief Hanefi Avcı was arrested for a second time on Monday, on charges of being a member of the alleged Ergenekon gang.

Former Police Intelligence Chief Hanefi Avcı was arrested for a second time on Monday, on charges of being a member of the alleged Ergenekon gang.

Avcı was already under arrest on charges of membership in the Revolutionary Headquarters organization. The Ergenekon arrest resulted from evidence found during a police search at the offices of Internet news portal OdaTV in February. Avcı had resigned from his position last week to become a candidate in the upcoming general elections.

Avcı has been in the media spotlight since publishing a book last year titled “Haliç’te Yaşayan Simonlar: Dün Devlet Bugün Cemaat” (“Devotee” Residents of Haliç: Yesterday State, Today Religious Community), which alleges that the religious Gülen community has covertly taken control of the state. In his recent questioning, he was asked whether some parts of the book had been written by arrested journalist Nedim Şener. Avcı responded negatively, stating he wrote the book on his own.

The former police chief was first arrested following the book’s publication. Prior to the publication of the book, Avcı was considered to be close to the Gülen community and was on record as saying that he had fought against leftists throughout his career.

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