35 detained in ‘blackmail and espionage’ probe in Turkey

Turkish police detained 35 suspects October 26 as part of a probe into an alleged blackmailing organization with suspected ties to the military. Police searched nearly 100 locations in nine provinces in Turkey and detained 35 people. Most of the detained are retired and active duty military, but civilian detainees include “a senior bureaucrat from the Defense Industry Undersecretariat” and employees of the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, or TÜBİTAK. The search was conducted over allegations of “destroying, damaging or falsifying documents related to national security,” “attaining documents related to national security” and “using secret information for political-military espionage.”

It is unclear whether the arrests are part of the larger ongoing Ergenekon investigation.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News



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