Gülenist ex-prosecutor Mehmet Yüzgeç detained in Turkey's western Kütahya province
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULSep 12, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Sep 12, 2015 12:00 am
Turkish police have detained Gülenist ex-prosecutor Mehmet Yüzgeç on Saturday in the western Kütahya province, who is accused of wrongful conduct in the December 17 and December 25 operations, which the government defines as a coup attempt against the elected government.
In December, 2014, Yüzgeç, along with two other Gülenist ex-prosecutors (Zekeriya Öz and Celal Kara) were suspended from duty in an investigation into their alleged role in the anti-graft probe against several high-profile figures, including the sons of three former government ministers and leading Turkish businessmen.
The government had denounced the probe as a "dirty plot" constructed by the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen's movement and his alleged "parallel state".
The three Gülenist figures were dismissed in May, 2015 in accordance with Article 69 of the Judges and Prosecutors' Law No. 2802, which states that judges and prosecutors would be dismissed from duty if their acts damaged the honor of their profession, and of the reputation of their public post.
The parallel state refers to a purported group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and police, who are allegedly trying to undermine the Turkish government.
In August, Istanbul's Bakırköy Public Prosecutor's Office issued arrest warrants for the three Gülenist ex-prosecutors on allegations of attempting a coup and attempting to overthrow the democratically-elected government.
Istanbul police discovered that Öz and Kara had left Turkey for Georgia early Monday just 10 minutes apart, whereas a search was underway to find Yüzgeç since then.
Recently, Öz and Kara were spotted in a hotel in Ulm, Germany, while talking with a group of people in the hotel's lobby.