Hundreds of Turkish police officers dismissed

Turkey has removed 350 police officers from their posts in Ankara, following a corruption probe targeting people close to the government, reports say. Officials, mostly from outside the capital, are to replace them, the BBC reports.

Hundreds of police have been dismissed or reassigned across the country since last month’s corruption investigation. Three cabinet ministers resigned after their sons were detained in the raids.

The prime minister has accused the police and judiciary of a “dirty plot”.

The arrests were carried out as part of an inquiry into alleged bribery involving public tenders, which included controversial building projects in Istanbul.

Those detained in the 17 December raids included more than 50 public officials and businessmen – all allies of the prime minister.

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