A year later, Turkish police officers still indefinitely detained

One years has passed, and 76 of the 115 police officers and chiefs arrested in Turkey’s “parallel state operation” are still locked up in an Istanbul prison and have yet to be informed of the charges they face. All 76 policemen worked in intelligence units and were reportedly involved in the December 2013 corruption probe that implicated high ranking members of the then-ruling AKP, as well as some close affiliates of Erdgoan. Turkish daily Zaman states the detentions “are nothing but an act of revenge,” and they violate both the Turkish constitution and European Convention on Human Rights. The Zaman piece also argues that Erdogan and the AKP have played into the hands of terrorists by demoting accomplished officers, some of whom have counter-terror experience, as retaliation for their participation in the corruption probe.


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