Two key police chiefs removed from duty in Istanbul
The two directors were not suspended and were only being reassigned to different positions.Istanbul Police Department's intelligence director, Erol Demirhan, and anti-terror department director, Yurt Atayün, were removed from their posts today.
An official statement said the two directors were not suspended and were only being reassigned to different positions.
Demirhan and Atayün were in charge of directing an investigation into the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), the alleged urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
The two police chiefs' reassignment came one day after an Istanbul prosecutor invited the head of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MİT), Hakan Fidan, to testify in the ongoing KCK case.
Fidan was known to have held secret meetings with representatives from the PKK in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.