Former counter-terrorism department chief Omer Kose (R) is detained within 'parallel structure' operations on July 22, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (?slam Yakut - Anadolu Agency)
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Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested scores of senior police officers on suspicion of illegally eavesdropping on top officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The latest wave of arrests is set to further inflame political tensions in Turkey as Erdogan attempts to take the presidency in August 10 elections, having been prime minister for more than a decade.Most of the suspects reportedly held key positions in the anti-graft probe against Erdogan, where some of the evidence came from recorded telephone conversations. Erdogan has accused supporters of Gulen of holding excessive influence in the country's police and judiciary and of concocting the graft scandal to unseat him ahead of local elections in March.It dragged down four ministers and prompted a cabinet shake-up, and posed the most serious challenge to Erdogan's government since it came to power in 2002 .Gulen, who left for the US in 1999 to escape charges of anti-secular activities by the government at the time, has denied being behind the graft allegations against Erdogan.
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