ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Twelve police officers who had been detained on Wednesday as part of an anti-police operation were released on Friday morning by a court, while one officer was set free on Thursday evening after testifying to a prosecutor.
Thirteen members of the police force, including deputy police chiefs, were detained on Wednesday evening in the southern province of
The officers were accused of "seizing personal data through illegal methods," "storing personal data," "violating privacy" and "forging official documents." In addition, they stood accused of the illegal use of instant messaging software called "TibNot."
A prosecutor behind the investigation claimed the software was installed on the computers of the detained officers via unlawful methods and that the officers used the software to leak personal data to third parties.
The detained officers were initially questioned by the police and they were later sent to a courthouse to be interrogated by a prosecutor. After the interrogation, the prosecutor set police officer
According to police sources, TibNot was installed on the computers of the police officers by staff authorized by the
TibNot is still actively used by the intelligence department of the
In May, public prosecutors launched an investigation into several police officers for unlawfully installing TibNot on their computers and using the software. The 13 police officers were summoned on
On Wednesday evening, the
According to Bayram, the detention of the police officers is unlawful because the prosecutor did not obtain the permission of the
"If we win the suit, my clients will donate the money to the families of martyred police officers. In addition, we will appeal to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors [HSYK] to ask the board to take action against members of the judiciary who have acted against the law in this operation," Bayram noted.
Wednesday's detentions come as a fourth wave in deepening anti-police operations. Three earlier operations were staged on
Prosecutors say the operations were launched after allegations of spying and illegal wiretapping, but they are widely believed to be an act of government revenge for the
Deputy Police Chief
Court revises arrest decision for 11 police officers
Also on Friday, a penal court of peace in Istanbul revised the arrest decision it had previously made against 11 police officers, who had been detained as part of an anti-police operation on
The court decided to revise its arrest decision for the officers as a result of complaints filed by the officers' lawyers.
As a result of the decision, the court was set to decide whether to keep the officers under arrest or release them. The decision was not immediately available by the time Today's Zaman went to print.
The officers are accused of carrying out illegal wiretaps. They are awaiting trial.
Lawyer Kemal Simsek announced on Twitter early Friday that the officers would testify to Judge Islam ÇiÇek as the judge revises the arrest decisions. "Is it a coincidence that the arrest decisions are revised by Judge ÇiÇek, the same judge who had decided to place the police officers under arrest?" the lawyer asked.
ÇiÇek is currently serving at the Istanbul 3rd
In late July, he ruled to arrest 31 police officers who had been detained in Istanbul as part of a government-backed operation against the police force. He came to prominence in early March when he was also found to be a staunch supporter of Erdogan, with the judge's Facebook profile raising suspicions over his objectivity. ÇiÇek "liked" a Facebook page created by a pro-Erdogan group titled "Allah uzun ÖmÜr versin Uzun Adam" (May God grant you a long life, Tall Man). The moniker "Uzun Adam" (Tall Man) is often used to refer to Erdogan by his supporters.
Ebubekir Koran (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN
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