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Turkish Government Fires Police Chiefs In 15 Provinces

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called a corruption probe a "dirty" plot to try to topple his government.
BRUSSELS -- The European Commission has said recent events in Turkey are a "matter of concern" and urged a transparent and impartial investigation into graft allegations.

In a statement on January 8, the commission urged candidate-country Turkey to take "all the necessary measures" to ensure that allegations of wrongdoing are addressed without discrimination or preference.

Fifteen provincial police chiefs were fired overnight by the Interior Ministry, one day after 350 police officers were fired in the capital, Ankara, amid an ongoing corruption investigation involving the sons of several former cabinet ministers and the head of a state-run bank.

The deputy chief of national security was also fired. Hundreds of police have been dismissed or reassigned across the country since a graft investigation emerged on December 17.

Media reports this week said the probe has widened, with 25 people detained on suspicion of bribery and fraud.

The moves come as political tensions run high over alleged corruption in the Turkish government, which has led to the resignation of several ministers.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the probe a "dirty" plot to try to topple his government.

With reporting by AFP and
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