Turkey arrests dozens of senior police officers in new swoop

July 22, 2014 1:35 PM

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Turkey arrests dozens of senior police officers in new swoop

Ankara: Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested dozens of senior police officers in a criminal probe over alleged illegal wire-tapping and forgery, the latest crackdown on opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of presidential polls.

A total of 67 serving and former top police officers were arrested, prosecutors said in a statement. Most of the arrests were in Istanbul but raids were also carried out in the capital Ankara and cities including Izmir and Diyarbakir.

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