Baku, Azerbaijan, June 1
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The operation against the supporters of the movement of Fethullah Gulen [Islamic public figure currently residing in the US] has been resumed in Turkey, TRT Haber TV channel reported June1.
Reportedly, as part of this operation, a search is being conducted in over 60 apartments of the high-ranking officials of the law enforcement agencies in Turkey's Mersin province.
Some people have already been detained during the operation, however, their number hasn't been disclosed by the TV channel.
Fethullah Gulen has been accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal by the Turkish government.
Turkish media reported on Feb. 25, 2014 that in 2011, telephone conversations of about 7,000 people associated with the representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties, including family members of the prime minister were wiretapped as part of the anti-terrorist operation.
Turkish then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of standing behind the wiretapping. Later a criminal case was initiated in Turkey against Gulen for his coup attempt and espionage against the country.
Over 80 businessmen and entrepreneurs were detained in Turkey's Konya province May 22 as part of the operation against the supporters of Gulen.
Earlier, it was reported that a large-scale staff reshuffle is expected to take place in the government bodies of Turkey as part of the fight against the Gulen movement.
It is expected that almost all the heads of Turkey's state bodies will be replaced as part of this operation.
Edited by SI
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