Turkey: Erdogan declares war on Gulen brotherhood

After electoral victory. Eight arrests today over wiretaps

08 April, 17:13

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    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won local elections on March 30 in spite of a scandal and corruption charges, said on Tuesday he was at war with Islamic Brotherhood Hizmet of preacher Fetullah Gulen.
    Erdogan accuses Gulen of having created a parallel state.
    Addressing lawmakers with his AKP Party, Erdogan said that ''the people have renewed their confidence in our government'' and have ''ordered us to fight against the parallel structure'', referring to Gulen's brotherhood.
    After announcing he had won the vote on March 30, the premier had promised to search for ''traitors'' in ''their hideouts'' and that they would ''pay a price'' - statements interpreted by the opposition as a planned crackdown on opponents.
    On Tuesday morning, eight police officers in Adana, believed to be close to the Hizmet brotherhood, including two public security chiefs, were arrested on charges they were involved in illegal wiretaps, according to Hurriyet online.
    Ever since the start of a widespread corruption scandal in Turkey on December 17 last year, thousands of police officers and hundreds of magistrates have been removed.
    Erdogan has repeatedly accused former allies with Hizmet of being behind corruption charges by magistrates who have placed dozens of regime leaders under investigation.
    ''They have illegally tapped thousands of people'', Erdogan said on Tuesday, adding that ''all the guilty parties will be prosecuted''. (ANSAmed).

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