Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Detained former police chief Avcı tansferred to Istanbul

29 September 2010

Former police chief questioned over alleged use of phone line belonging to left armed group

The former police chief of Eskişehir, Hanefi Avcı, has been arrested yesterday in Ankara. The former police chief was transferred to the Beşiktaş Courthouse in Istanbul under strict security measures.

Avcı had come into the spotlight following the publication of his book, “Haliç’te Yaşayan Simonlar: Dün Devlet Bugün Cemaat” (‘Devotee’ Residents of Haliç: Yesterday State, Today Religious Congregation). The book alleges that the religious Fethullah Gülen community has covertly taken over control of the state. Avcı claimed in his book that members of the community led by Fethullah Gülen had illegally tapped telephone conversations, including some of his own phone calls.

Prosecutors in Ankara had called on Avcı to answer allegations that he had been using a telephone line belonging to a member of an illegal organization called “The Revolutionary Headquarters.” He refused to answer. Last week alleged members of "The Revolutionary Headquarters" had been arrested.