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20 held over 'wiretapping' Erdogan

Turkish police have launched raids in Ankara and three other cities, detaining some 20 people suspected of illegally eavesdropping on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior officials, the state-run news agency reported.

Anadolu Agency says the suspects, detained early today, are linked to Turkey's telecommunications authority and to its scientific and technological research centre.

They are suspected of wiretapping phones, included encrypted ones used by government officials.

Last year, secretly taped telephone conversations suggesting corruption were leaked on the internet, including one between Mr Erdogan and his son.

Mr Erdogan has insisted the tapes were fabricated as part of a plot orchestrated by followers of an influential Islamic movement led by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Dozens of police officers have also been arrested on illegal wiretapping charges.

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