Turkish police tapped Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu’s mobile telephone without a warrant after speculation of a rift with Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.
The six police officers responsible have now been moved on to different positions, the newspaper said, and investigations have begun into the incident.
“It is unknown who gave the order for Minister Soylu’s phone to be tapped,” Cumhuriyet said.
“However, there was previously information reflected in the press about a succession fight between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law Energy Minister Berat Albayrak and Interior Minister Soylu. After the fight between the pair surfaced, Soylu made speeches that made clear his vulnerability … It has been claimed that Soylu wanted to resign, but was prevented by Erdoğan.”
Police vetted all those who talked to Soylu for possible relationships with members of the Gülen movement, an outlawed religious group the Turkish government says carried out a failed July 2016 coup attempt, Cumhuriyet said.