15 more police officers sacked in Turkey

Ankara, Jan 4: Fifteen more police chiefs were removed from their posts at Turkish National Police department in Ankara, adding to a series of removals within the police system following a graft probe that started Dec 17, media reported Friday.

Earlier Thursday, four police officers including Erzurum Police department intelligence chief and the Mersin Police department’s anti-smuggling and organised crime bureau head were removed from their posts, Xinhua quoted the Turkey daily Today’s Zaman as saying in a report.

Since Dec 17, the number of police officers who have been removed from their posts across Turkey has exceeded 500, the report added.

On Dec 17, Turkey was rocked by the country’s largest ever bribery investigation, in which sons of four cabinet members were detained and a huge amount of money was seized by authorities in their houses.

The Justice and Development Party government then dismissed several police chiefs in charge of the raid.

IANS