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Report: 25 additional police officers detained

Published:Wednesday | August 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Turkey's state-run news agency said 25 more police officers have been detained across Turkey as authorities press ahead with a crackdown on officers suspected of illegally wiretapping Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials.

The Anadolu Agency said the officers were detained in raids carried out in 13 provinces yesterday.

Since July, dozens of officers have been jailed pending trial over illegal wiretaps.

The government said the officers are associated with a moderate Islamic movement led by a United States-based cleric, which it accuses of attempting to topple the government. Critics said the crackdown aims to silence those who brought corruption charges against government officials, including Erdogan's inner circle.

Erdogan, who becomes president on August 28, has vowed to battle the group.