Investigation into Gülenists reveals 13,706 unlawful tape recordings

Published 27.07.2014 00:00
Updated 27.07.2014 22:41
Investigation into Gülenists reveals 13,706 unlawful tape recordings

Recent investigations conducted by the intelligence unit of the Istanbul Police Department following the detention of over 100 police officers who are allegedly members of the Gülen Movement, has revealed that 13,706 tape recordings were unlawfully prepared by Gülenist officers and sent to the prosecutor's office in part of the fabricated Selam-Tawhid terrorist organization case.

Findings suggest that 37 out of 107 folders in the police department that were submitted to the prosecutor's office contained wiretapped recordings.

Phone conversations of 92 people were submitted without a transcript. It was also reported that phone conversations were not the only targets as hundreds of people were physically tracked while two File Transfer Protocol (FTP) accounts and 171 email addresses were unlawfully monitored.
According to reports recently submitted to the prosecutor's office by the police department, numerous documents pertaining to the Selam-Tawhid case had been destroyed one day after the Dec. 17 operation by agents of the Gülen Movement.

The destruction proceedings that must be prepared prior to destroying documents as required by law cannot be found. It was reported that technical tracking and wiretapping requests were anomalous as they were made by two different people on different days. It was also reported that the same ID number conducted a countless number of wiretaps.

More importantly, findings show that 780 physical and technical tracking warrants were put on hold until Gülenist agents waited for the "right time" and other discrepancies were found in monitoring. Fethullah Gülen, who currently resides in the U.S. in self-imposed exile, leads the Gülen Movement, which operates in hundreds of countries across the world. The government has made clear that infiltrators will be held accountable following the recent operation where over 100 police officers were arrested for infiltrating state organizations and wiretapping numerous telephones, including the prime minister and Turkey's Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan.

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