Turkish opposition member detained for 'political espionage'

Turkish opposition member says he was detained for 'political espionage'
1 min read
26 November, 2021
The founder of the Turkish opposition Democracy and Progress Party also said that police raided his house.
Metin Gurcan said the police were in his house and called for help on Twitter [Getty]

Metin Gurcan, a founder of the Turkish opposition Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), said on Friday he had been detained over "political espionage" and that police were raiding his house.

Gurcan, a retired member of the Turkish Armed Forces, helped establish the Deva Party with Ali Babacan, a former deputy prime minister and minister under President Tayyip Erdogan. Gurcan is also a prominent defence analyst.

"I am being detained on charges of political espionage. The police are in the house... They are searching. I am shocked. I want your help," Gurcan said on Twitter, without elaborating.

Reuters was not able to independently verify Gurcan's claim. Turkish police were not immediately available for comment.

(Reuters)