Turkish police chief steals aid equipment, released after brief detention
A Turkish police chief was detained for stealing aid equipment for earthquake survivors, only to be released a short while later on condition of judicial control, Haberturk reported on Saturday.
Police chief Yadigar I., who had been assigned to oversee security measures in the quake hit province of Antep, returned on 26 February to his post of duty in the western city of Tekirdag, and was spotted by witnesses on his way back that he brought along with him aid equipment meant to be used in relief efforts.
Upon tips received, the police chief's house was searched and a mobile power generator, two large and four small aid tents, nine air mattresses, five sleeping bags, two boots, two coats, three electric heaters, a kettle and 15 kg of dog food were found.
The police chief was detained and the prosecution called for his arrest over charges of theft, but a court ordered his release on condition of judicial control.
While the prosecution objected to the decision, the final decision is yet to be issued.