MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) — Turkish authorities detained 17 police officers on charges of illegal wiretapping following instructions from Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office, Dogan Turkish news agency said Wednesday.
The policemen from seven Turkish provinces are accused of wiretapping, privacy breaching, documents forgery, and confidential investigatory information disclosure. All suspects were brought to Istanbul Security Directorate for questioning.
Similar raid was conducted with regards to the operation declared by Prosecutor's Office on July 22. Twenty police officers were arrested on the same charges then. In terms of the operation over 50 police officers were detained and released during the summer and autumn raids.
On a bigger scale in the mid-December 2013 the global anti-corruption campaign was launched in Turkey. As a result dozens of businessmen, top-rank officials and their relatives were detained on accusations of state tender frauds, abuse of authority and bribery. Four ministers were forced to resign.