Friday, June 15, 2012

Turkey Arrests 49 Military Officers for Espionage

'Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman quoted Izmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office as saying that the 49 arrestees were among the 51 officers against whom arrest warrants had been issued on Wednesday.

Sting operations were launched simultaneously in 16 provinces. The detainees are reportedly holding high-profile positions in the Ministry of Defense, the Land Forces Command, the Naval Forces Command and the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA).

The officers are accused of blackmailing, and illegally obtaining military information. The gang reportedly used prostitutes to blackmail and obtain classified security information from high-ranking officers and senior bureaucrats.'