Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Chairman of the Republican Peoples Party Kemal Kilicdaroglu, (CHP) denies the party`s relationship with the Gulen movement [Islamic public figure who currently resides in the United States], Turkish CNN Türk TV channel reported on Feb. 28.
He also noted that the ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey is trying to distract public attention from the recent scandalous events (anti-corruption scandal and wiretapping government officials) in the country.
Earlier, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Gulen movement has close ties to the Republican People's Party, and their joint activities are aimed at weakening the government.
Erdogan called on Gulen not interfere in the internal affairs of Turkey on Feb. 27.
Several dozens of people, including businessmen and sons of some ministers were detained as a result of a special operation conducted on Dec. 17 last year in Istanbul and Ankara. Detainees were held on charges of corruption , smuggling and sale of narcotics.
Turkish media reported on Feb. 25 that in 2011 telephone conversations of about 7000 people associated with the representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties, including family members of PM were wiretapped, as part of the anti-terrorist operation carried out by the Istanbul prosecutor's office against Salam terrorist organization.
During the anti-terrorist operations, telephone conversations of the head Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan were wiretapped as well.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N.