Six police officers removed from posts in wiretapping case
ADANASix police officers, including two police chiefs, were removed from duty on July 25 as part of the ongoing wiretapping investigation in Turkey’s southern province of Adana.
Nine police officers, eight of whom are on active duty and one of whom is retired, were arrested as part of the investigation on April 8. All were released five days after their arrests.
On Feb. 24, reports of widespread wiretapping rocked the Turkish political scene. Pro-government media outlets claimed that thousands of people, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) chief Hakan Fidan, and a wide range of journalists, academics, business leaders and NGO representatives, were wiretapped for years by the police as part of different probes.
The reports prompted a top judicial body to open an internal investigation into the claims.