Espionage gang targeted officers at General Staff board

May 11, 2012, Friday/ 17:13:00

The deepening investigation into 28 suspects who were detained on Thursday as part of an operation against a military espionage gang suggests that gang members targeted officers at the Board of Inspection and Survey at the General Staff.

The operation was launched in the western province of İzmir and 28 people, including nine active duty military officers, were taken into custody. The suspects are accused of involvement in the gang as well as prostitution, blackmail and espionage. News sources said the gang is headed by a 25-year-old woman who studies at Pamukkale University in Denizli. The gang is accused of hiring foreign women as prostitutes for military officers from whom they gained military information and then selling that information on to third parties.

According to the initial testimonies of the detainees, the gang picked officers at the Board of Inspection and Survey at the General Staff as “victims.” The gang hired foreign women as prostitutes for military officers at the board from whom they gained vital military information through the use of blackmail and then sold that information on to third parties.

Police are examining documents seized at the addresses of the suspects for deeper investigation. The documents include CDs that show intimate relations of military officers with foreign women hired by the gang and confidential military documents obtained by gang members.

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