A former senior member of Turkey’s top scientific body was detained early Monday on charges of “political spying” in a case connected to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Hasan Palaz was detained in the Gebze district of northwestern Kocaeli province and will be brought to the Ankara prosecutor's office for questioning.
The former vice chairman of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TUBITAK, was detained in a probe into purported illegal bugging of Erdogan’s office in 2014 when the politician was prime minister.
Charges of "political spying" were brought against 13 suspects, including Palaz, in Ankara's 7th High Criminal Court as part of the investigation.
Palaz's detention comes a day after two wanted policemen, Sedat Zavar and Ilker Usta, were detained and sent to Metris prison in Istanbul.
The pair are alleged to have fled abroad to avoid being questioned as part of an operation in Turkey to dismantle the Gülenist network also known as parallel state – a network of bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and police, which the Turkish government claims are trying to undermine it.
The pair was extradited from Romania at the request of Turkey following a court ruling on March 20.
Dozens of police officers have been detained and hundreds of others reassigned across Turkey in an ongoing operation against the "parallel state."
Gülen Gang linked police officers are responsible for convicting hundreds of soldiers, politicians and journalists in the past decade through arranged trials such as Ergenekon and Balyoz.
Former Chief of General Staff İsmail Hakkı Karadayı and Hüseyin Kıvrıkoğlu, former Navy Commanders Admirals Vural Bayazıt and Bülent Alpkaya, Kemalist journalists Yılmaz Özdil, Uğur Dündar, Soner Yalçın, Nihat Genç and Mehmet Faraç from Aydınlık were detected to be wiretapped in scope of the Gülenists illegal wiretapping operations.
Fethullah Gülen who has been living for years under the protection of the US government on a ranch in Pennsylvania, has been alleged to have established an illegal network within the Turkish state.