Wiretap probe sees eight detained in southern Turkey

Police officers arrested in southern Turkey in connection with wiretapping investigation

Police officers arrested in southern Turkey in connection with wiretapping investigation

ADANA -  Two police chiefs, five police officers and one retired officer all from the intelligence department have been detained in Adana, southern Turkey, in connection with the wiretapping investigation, according to the Adana Police Department.

They were detained by anti-terrorism teams after complaints from people claiming they had been or were being wiretapped and news published in Turkey's daily newspapers which police officers considered a reliable report.

As part of the investigation, conducted by the Adana Public Prosecutor, the residences of eight security personnel were searched early Tuesday, security forces told Anadolu Agency.

Wiretapping scandals have made headlines in Turkey since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in late 2012 that a "bug" had been found in his office.

Turkey's daily newspapers published, in late February, a list of 7,000 people, including Prime Minister Erdogan, whose phones had been allegedly wiretapped for three years by two prosecutors from the Istanbul Court as part of a legal file run by an Istanbul court under the Anti-Terrorism Act. 

However, the two prosecutors have been allegedly linked to a "parallel structure" nestled within the country's police and judiciary.

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