Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's Interior Ministry is preparing a number of draft laws for transforming the country's security, defense and law enforcement agencies, Turkish Haberturk newspaper reported on May 23.
In particular, the draft laws envisage the removal of the gendarmerie forces from Turkey's Land Forces and closing police schools in the country.
The draft laws will be submitted to the country's parliament in the coming weeks.
Under the bills, Turkish General Command of Gendarmerie will be appointed by local authorities, but not by the Interior Ministry's leadership.
Turkey's gendarmerie forces, created in 1839, are the part of the Land Forces and are subordinate to the country's Interior Ministry.
Under the legislation, In the case of declaring mobilization in the country, the gendarmerie forces become subordinate to Turkey's Armed Forces.
The Turkish government is preparing a special package of measures as part of the fight against the supporters of Fethullah Gulen [Islamic public figure who currently resides in the United States], who attempt to infiltrate the government structure of the country.
The content of the package wasn't disclosed, but it was stressed that as part of fighting the supporters of Gulen, police schools can be temporarily closed in Turkey.
On February 25, several Turkish media outlets said the telephone conversations of over 7000 people close to both the country's ruling party and opposition parties, were wiretapped as part of an anti-terrorist operation against members of the 'Salam' organization in 2011.
It was also reported that the telephone conversations of Turkish intelligence head, Hakan Fidan were also wiretapped under these anti-terrorist operations.
After this, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of that, namely representatives of his movement stand behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.
Edited by C.N.