Turkish police arrest 19 in raids targeting illegal wiretapping
Local media suggested the raids were targeted at supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, an ally-turned-foe of President Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/File)
Nineteen people have been detained in the Turkish capital Ankara for "illegal wiretapping" claims as part of the "parallel state" operations by order of the Ankara's Golbasi district Chief Public Prosecutor's Office held Tuesday, police sources say.
Other arrests are taking place in three other Turkish provinces, police say, as warrants have been issued for 28 people, including 22 from the country's Telecommunications Directorate, or TIB, and six others from Turkey's top scientific institution, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, or TUBITAK.
The parallel state or structure is the name given by the government to an alleged group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and the police, who have reportedly worked to undermine the Turkish government.