ISTANBUL 

Turkish police launched an anti-bribery operation early Tuesday against 83 suspects accused of issuing illegal residence permits to foreigners.    

Police conducted simultaneous operations across eight Turkish provinces to arrest 83 suspects, including 10 foreigners and 14 civil servants.

Teams from the Financial Crimes Department began an investigation into a network including public employees and foreigners who are accused of issuing illegal residence permits to many foreign nationals and creating false residence documents, with some foreigners taking care of their transactions in provincial immigration administrations without them having to make appointments or wait in queues.

Several suspects were arrested as part of the operation, which is still ongoing.

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