Apr 26 2019

Turkish court arrests former intelligence chief of police for insulting Erdoğan

A court on Friday officially arrested former head of the Turkish police’s intelligence department over charges of insulting the Turkish president and terrorism propaganda, Anadolu Agency reported.

Sabri Uzun was detained by the police on Monday, following his comments on social media criticising an attack against Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Sunday during a military funeral in a village in Ankara.

Uzun in a tweet, without mentioning his name, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s harsh rhetoric ahead of local polls on March 31 against the opposition caused the incident. Erdoğan during his election campaign called the opposition parties “alliance of contempt” and said the CHP got support from terrorist groups.

Uzun has a best selling book that focused on the infiltration of the Gülen movement into Turkey’s police forces during the period the ruling party and the religious network were in an alliance. Ankara now labels the Gülen group a terrorist organisation and accuses it of orchestrating a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Pro-government newspaper Hürriyet's reporter İsmail Saymaz claimed that Sabri Uzun has been arrested due to alleged 'FETO' or Gulenist ties and propaganda.

Though the prosecutors did not mention the name of the terrorist organisation news site ODA TV reported on Wednesday that according to people familiar with the investigation, Uzun was accused of being linked to Gülen movement. The news site said the case file also included testimonies of Gülen movement’s members.