Turkey phone-tapping scandal erupts

Feb 25, 2014, 6:51 AM EST
Fethullah Gulen
AFP Photo / Zaman Daily / Selahattin Sevi

A group of anti-government Turkish prosecutors have illegally wiretapped thousands of prominent figures, pro-government media have claimed. Targets reportedly included government ministers and business leaders. The prosecutors, who are said to be loyal to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, have denied the accusations. Mr Gulen has been accused of running a "parallel state" in Turkey, controlling groups of police, lawyers and politicians. He denies the claims. The latest allegations came in two pro-government newspapers, Yeni Safak and Star.
Background:
Turkey prosecutors 'tapped thousands of phones' [BBC]
Opinion: A tempest of fear in Turkey [NYT]
Turkey P.M. Erdogan says 'tapped' phone call to son is fake [BBC]

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