A deputy police chief serving in Istanbul, who was suspended from duty on Tuesday upon charges of drug trafficking, was arrested upon court order on Thursday.
A prosecutor sought the arrest of Ö.C. after he was accused of aiding and abetting suspected drug mules who were captured at the city's Atatürk International Airport on February 7. After testifying in court, Ö.C. was released while the court imposed a ban on him from traveling abroad.
Tarık Bendez, Bakırköy public prosecutor, appealed the decision to release Ö.C. on probation following his testimony on the charges.
Reviewing the prosecutor's objection to the earlier ruling, the Bakırköy 3rd Criminal Court of Peace ruled for Ö.C.'s arrest on February 8.
Ö.C was arrested on Thursday and transferred to the courthouse after a medical check-up.
Istanbul Police Commissioner Mustafa Çalışkan stated Tuesday that Ö.C. was suspended from duty until the legal procedures progressed.
Anadolu Agency reported that he was accused of renting a house for suspects linked to the mule. The deputy police chief pleaded not guilty during his testimony.
There are 38 police chiefs in Istanbul, which is home to nearly 15 million people, about one-fifth of Turkey's population.
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