Istanbul Police Commissioner Mustafa Çalışkan stated Tuesday that an Istanbul deputy police chief who is currently pending trial on charges of drug trafficking was suspended from duty.
A prosecutor sought the arrest of Ö.C. after he was accused of aiding and abetting suspected drug mules who were captured at the city’s Atatürk International Airport.
Anadolu Agency reported that he was accused of renting a house for suspects linked to the mule.
After testifying in court, Ö.C. was released while the court imposed a ban on him from traveling abroad.
There are 38 police chiefs in Istanbul, which is home to nearly 15 million people, some one-fifths of Turkey’s population.