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Turkey detains alleged supporters of Erdogan foe in police force: media

ISTANBUL Turkish police detained 18 people such as senior police officers on Tuesday, in an investigation of alleged supporters inside the police force of President Tayyip Erdogan’s foe, Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, state-run Anadolu Agency stated.

It mentioned arrest warrants had been issued for 27 police officers in an operation across 13 provinces and focused on Istanbul. The private Dogan news agency mentioned the operation focused on former officers, including police chiefs.

Operations targeting alleged supporters of Gulen have continued unabated because a parliamentary election won convincingly on Nov. 1 by the AK Party which Erdogan founded.

Final month dozens of individuals, including senior police officers and bureaucrats, had been detained in an operation in the western city of Izmir over alleged links to what prosecutors have dubbed the “Gulenist terror group”.

Gulen was formerly an ally of Erdogan and believed to have wielded considerable influence in the judiciary and bureaucracy.

Erdogan turned against the cleric and his followers, accusing them of constituting a “parallel state”, right after police and prosecutors observed as sympathetic to Gulen opened a corruption investigation into Erdogan’s inner circle in 2013.

The cleric has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States given that 1999 and is the topic of arrest warrants in Turkey. A prosecutor is searching for a prison sentence of up to 34 years on allegations that he sought to topple Erdogan. Gulen denies the allegation.

(Writing by Daren Butler Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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