ISTANBUL - The national intelligence agency controlled by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan rebuffed a demand from state prosecutors that it answer questions on Thursday about secret talks it held with Kurdish rebels, media reports said.
Hakan Fidan was personally appointed by Erdogan as head of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT). The summons, a very rare imposition for the powerful agency, has raised speculation in political parties and media that police and judiciary could be under the sway of factions competing with Erdogan for influence.
At the heart of the current investigation are talks which MIT officials held with PKK representatives in Oslo and which came to light last year through recordings on the internet. Opposition parties accuse the government of seeking a secret peace accord and said the summons revealed a power struggle.
"The developments in the National Intelligence Agency, police and judiciary axis create the impression of a power struggle," said Erdogan Toprak, deputy chairman of the main opposition CHP party.
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said he saw no evidence of MIT having done anything wrong in the contacts or in infiltrating the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).