Istanbul’s police chief has become the latest senior Turkish officer to be removed from their post, after an anti-corruption inquiry struck at the heart of the country’s ruling elite.
Police raids on Tuesday led to the detention of over 80 people, among them businessmen, bureaucrats and three sons of serving ministers.
51 people remain in custody, their arrests sparking a wave of sackings across the country of prominent officers involved in the operation.
Istanbul Police Chief Huseyin Capkin gave his opinion on the issue:
“I am a state officer. Public officers can be appointed and removed from their duty. I have been trying to serve my country and people of this country for four and a half years.”
Slamming the police sting, Prime Minister Erdogan attacked their actions as a “dirty operation” to tarnish the government.
Turkey’s main opposition has already questioned the state’s role in the dismissals.
Many observers interpret the ongoing feud as an internal power struggle.