Move, Countermove

The MIT (Turkey’s CIA) Istanbul regional chairman has been removed from office and replaced.  This is a post in line for moving up to MIT Deputy Undersecretary. The MIT Undersecretary, deputy undersecretary, and former undersecretary were all called to give statements as subjects of an investigation into support for PKK-related terrorist groups (see my previous post of Feb. 14). There was a struggle, with the MIT men refusing to go to court. The prosecutor was removed from the case, and parliament amended the MIT law to make the prime minister’s approval mandatory for investigation of MIT and other officials appointed by the Prime Minister (pointedly excluding military officers, who are on trial for plotting coups). In addition, several police directors were dismissed and 700 police officers were sent to provinces in eastern Turkey, receiving an “appointment to the orient”. (click here)

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