17 policemen arrested in probe into ‘parallel state’
ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency
AA PhotoSeventeen police officers, including two former Istanbul senior police officers, who had been detained in a probe into the “parallel state,” were arrested late April 20 on grounds of “partially attempting to obstruct the Turkish Republic from doing its job.”
The Istanbul Criminal Courts of Peace decided on the arrests of 17 police officers, including former Istanbul Deputy Chief of Police Mahir Çakallı and Istanbul’s former Organized Crime Department Chief Nazmi Ardıç, out of a total of 29 policemen who had been detained on April 13 on grounds of “partially attempting to obstruct the Turkish Republic from doing its job.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Gülen and his supporters in the judiciary and police of seeking to establish a “parallel state” and orchestrating a corruption investigation targeting Erdoğan’s inner circle in December 2013 as part of a coup attempt.
On April 20, 12 detainees were released on probation with a ban on leaving the country.
Turkey wants Gülen extradited from the U.S., where he has been living since 1999.
An Istanbul criminal court has issued an arrest warrant for Gülen as part of the probe.