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Basel police officer arrested for spying

National News // April 28, 2017

A Basel police officer has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Turkish officials.

Basel polizei Basel police officer arrested for spying

A report in the Basler Zeitung newspaper suggests the officer was passing on relevant information gathered during interviews to the Turkish government.  

Reports suggest the officer had been accessing websites supportive of the Turkish president Erdogan.

The police are not releasing details of the officer’s nationality. Basel is one of the few cantons that allow non-Swiss nationals to become police officers.

Over 3% of the population of Basel-City are Turkish. 

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