ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish police on Sunday launched a new wave of raids seeking to arrest suspects accused of wiretapping the communications of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top officials.
Istanbul prosecutors issued warrants for 21 police officers, the official Anatolia news agency said.
It was unclear how many had been arrested so far although NTV television showed pictures of several suspects being roughly led away by plain clothes police.
The raids were focused on Istanbul but also took place in the western city of Afyon and Zonguldak on the Black Sea, Anatolia added.
The authorities accuse the police of carrying out the eavesdropping at the behest of Erdogan’s arch foe, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, in a bid to implicate the Turkish strongman in corruption allegations.
Turkish police have over the last months carried out numerous raids on former top police officials accused in the case. Anatolia said it was the ninth such wave of swoops since they started on July 22.