Gülen ‘first recipient’ of leaked Turkish civil servant exam questions
Mesut Hasan Benli – ANKARAQuestions from the “fraudulent” Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS) in 2010, which was taken by 808,000 Turkish citizens seeking to become civil servants, was initially leaked to U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has alleged.
“It has been designated, based on [Gülen’s] IP address, that questions obtained ahead of the July 2010 exam were sent to Gülen, who then sent the questions to the person who distributed them to members of the community [followers of the Gülen movement],” one of the claims reported in the document said.
Describing Gülen, an ally-turned-foe of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), as a person “keen” to obtain private and confidential information, the prosecutor’s office said the controversial scholar claimed to have accessed such information “through his dreams.”
The Prosecutor’s Office had recently sent a letter to an Ankara court, confirming that questions from the 2010 KPSS test were leaked “at least 12 days” ahead of the exam date and included images of the leaked questions inside the letter.
“According to confessions and technical reports, it is certain that the 2010 Public Personnel Selection Exam’s (KPSS) general culture, general skills and education sciences section questions were seized at least 12 days before the test,” the letter read.
The letter also stated that an investigation into around 2,600 suspects was continuing and indictments would be prepared against a number of individuals.
Meanwhile, a total of 73 suspects have been detained as part of an investigation into the exam in question, in simultaneous operations launched across 35 Turkish provinces.
According to reports from Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, police teams from the Organized and Financial Crimes Bureau launched a seventh operation to apprehend a total 100 suspect for whom there is a standing arrest warrant. Suspects who were detained outside of Ankara will be brought to the capital for their interrogation, reports added.
Some 15 suspects were arrested in June 2015 as part of a mass investigation into the alleged fraud after a ruling by the Ankara 2nd Criminal Court of Peace.
Police investigating the fraud allegedly found evidence of involvement in the crime by members of the “parallel structure,” a term used by the government to refer to followers of Gülen.
Gülen is also accused of placing fabricated evidence in houses and offices to “victimize” targeted persons, in addition to illegally wiretapping state officials for blackmail, according to the document prepared by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.