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Dozens of Turkish police detained over wiretapping

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shake hands before a meeting in Istanbul, late Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Turkish Prime Minister's Press Office, HO)

ISTANBUL: Dozens of high-ranking police officers were detained in Turkey Tuesday accused of involvement in spying and illegal wire-tapping during a probe into corruption in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle, broadcaster CNN Turk said.

At least 76 officers were detained in 22 provinces around the country on suspicion of forming a criminal organization and illegally bugging phones, the news channel said.

Other local media said most of those detained had held key positions during last year's corruption investigation, which led to the departure of four Cabinet ministers and the detention of prominent businessmen close to Erdogan.

Police in Istanbul declined to comment.





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