Turkey denies reports on some government members’ involvement in terror organisations

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 24

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Taner Yildiz denied some media reports about the involvement of several members of the Turkish government in the 'Salam' terrorist organisation, Turkish TV channel TRT Haber reported on Feb. 24.

An investigation was launched against this terrorist organisation by the prosecutor's office of Istanbul city, according to the report.

Yildiz said all state agencies of Turkey, including the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, have a transparent structure.

"I heard about the existence of such an organisation for the first time and reports on involvement of some employees of the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry is slander," Yildiz said.

On February 24, several Turkish media outlets said telephone conversations of over 7000 people, who are 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' organisation, against which the prosecutor's office of Istanbul launched an investigation in 2011.

It was reported that the telephone conversations of Turkish intelligence head Hakan Fidan were also wiretapped under the anti-terrorist operation.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by S.M.

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