110 police officials removed in Diyarbakir, Mersin

Photo: 110 police officials removed in Diyarbakir, Mersin / Turkey

At least nine police chiefs were removed in Diyarbakir Police Department in the latest in a series of personnel changes across the country amid a graft investigation that has implicated sons of three ministers, businessmen close to the government as well as the chief of the state bank, Today's Zaman reported.

In Diyarbakir Police Department, chiefs of important units such as public security, personnel and cyber crimes were removed along with many other staff.

Private Cihan news agency reported on Saturday that Diyarbakir Police public security unit chief Emin Tigli was appointed as chief of the children unit, while chief of the children unit was brought to lead the public security unit.

Diyarbakir regional traffic unit chief Seyit Cingoz was appointed to city traffic unit while personnel unit chief Vakkas Aslan was dispatched to budget unit. Head of the budget unit Adem Yilmaz was appointed as chief of the legal affairs unit. Traffic unit chief Ibrahim Can was appointed as chief of the personnel unit, while communication unit chief Nihat Urganci was appointed as chief of the cyber crimes unit.

Cyber crimes unit chief Ali Zeytin was removed from his post and reassigned as regional traffic unit chief. In addition, a number of police officers were also removed and reassigned in departments where their chiefs were reshuffled.

Earlier, Diyarbakir police chief Recep Guven was removed from his post and replaced with Aksaray police chief Halis Bogurcu.

In Mersin, authorities purged nearly 100 police officials, most of them officers, in a new wave of personnel change.

100 police officers and commissioners from public security and security units were reappointed to other departments. On Friday, authorities reassigned 50 personnel from intelligence unit to other departments. Earlier this month, authorities removed five deputy police chiefs and 15 police chiefs in Mersin.

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