An unidenfied police officer (L), detained as part of a criminal probe over alleged corruption, arrives at a hospital for a medical check-up at the start of his custody in Istanbul on August 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
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Turkish authorities Tuesday detained dozens of police officers accused of illegally wire-tapping top officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a new wave of arrests just days ahead of presidential elections.The new swoop came after over 100 people were arrested last month – of whom 31 were remanded in custody and charged – in an eavesdropping scandal linked to a dispute between Erdogan and a former ally turned opponent.Much of the evidence for the corruption allegations – which were vehemently denied by Erdogan – was obtained through wire-tapping.Erdogan has long accused followers of Gulen of establishing a "parallel state" by using its sway in Turkey's police and the judiciary and of concocting the vast corruption scandal.
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