Friday, March 20, 2015

Suspects in Turkey’s Espionage Probe Face Life Sentences:

The Gölbaşı Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara has completed its investigation into suspects detained in an operation launched on claims that they wiretapped and spied on figures including then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, demanding life sentences for 28 people.

Police conducted a broad operation in January into the so-called “parallel structure” of sympathizers of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in the judiciary and security forces, detaining scores of officials from the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

The prosecutor’s office has charged the 28 suspects with “founding an organization to commit crime,” “violating the confidentiality of communication,” “disrupting the state’s unity and country’s integrity” and “spying in terms of politics and the military.”

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