Criminal case launched in Turkey over illegal tapping of officials’ phone conversations

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Baku, Azerbaijan. Feb. 25

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

A criminal case has been launched in Turkey with regard to the illegal wiretapping of officials' telephone conversations, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported on February 25.

Two prosecutors have been detained as part of this criminal case, although their names have not been announced, the TV channel said.

On February 24, 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' organisation in 2011.

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

Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party member Mazhar Bagli said on February 25 that the recordings of the officials telephone conversations were transferred to a third party, but he did not identify the third party.

Yesterday Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Taner Yildiz, speaking about this incident, denied media reports about the involvement of some Turkish government members in terror organisations.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by S.M.

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