Tag Archives: Turkey

Police chief on the run

This article describes the situation of a Turkish police chief, one of thousands dismissed after a 2016 coup attempt. He had no role in the coup but had previously spoken out in support of anti-corruption investigations focused on the ruling … Continue reading

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Police remain jailed in Turkey

This article reports a court ruling continuing the imprisonment of 69 Turkish police chiefs and officers who, in 2013, “exposed a corruption and bribery scandal implicating then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his family members and his Cabinet ministers.” The … Continue reading

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Interpol abuse by authoritarian regimes

This article reports the 3-week jailing in Cyprus of a Russian anti-corruption activist due to an Interpol “diffusion notice.” A political associate of a Putin opponent, he had been accused of stealing a $3 campaign poster outside Moscow, after which … Continue reading

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Lone operators dominate people smuggling from Africa

This article reports a new study that disputes the common view that organized crime groups dominate people smuggling from Africa to Europe. Focusing on the disastrous 2013 shipwreck off Italy in which 360 migrants died, the study found 292 people … Continue reading

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Politics & Interpol

This article reports growing criticism of Turkey’s president for issuing Interpol red notices against critics of his government, including journalists, causing them to be arrested in other countries and face possible extradition. The use of Interpol as a tool against … Continue reading

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Interpol challenges

One longstanding challenge for Interpol is distinguishing between legitimate criminal warrants versus international arrest notices that are politically motivated. This article reports that Turkey attempted to upload 60,000 wanted notices following its July 2016 attempted coup. The upload was blocked … Continue reading

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ISIS in Turkey

This article provides an in-depth analysis of the New Year’s Eve nightclub massacre in Istanbul that left 39 dead and 71 wounded. The attack was carried out by an ethnic Uzbek “sleeper operative,” born in Kyrgyzstan, on orders from his handler in … Continue reading

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