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Turkey arrests dozens of top police officers in new swoop

Published on Jul 22, 2014 6:12 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested dozens of senior police officers in a criminal probe over alleged illegal wire-tapping and forgery, the latest crackdown on opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of presidential polls.

A total of 67 serving and former top police officers were arrested, prosecutors said in a statement. Most of the arrests were in Istanbul but raids were also carried out in the capital Ankara and cities including Izmir and Diyarbakir.

Television reports said that the arrests represented a new sweep against the movement of Mr Erdogan's former ally Fethullah Gulen in the wake of a vast corruption scandal that broke late last year implicating the prime minister and his inner circle.

Most of the suspects are said to have held key positions during the anti-graft probe against Mr Erdogan in December.

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