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Prime suspect Reza Zarrab, sons of two ministers released in graft probe

Iranian businessman and prime suspect Reza Zarrab as well as sons of two ministers are among five released in corruption investigation on Friday.   Turkish court decided to release the suspects, including Barış Güler, son of former Turkish Interior Minister … Continue reading

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US report labels Dec 17 as ‘scandal, slams Turkish gov’t, calls for respect for rule of law

The US State Department has expressed concerns over rule of law and judicial independence in Turkey, saying “law enforcement and the judiciary were subject to executive branch influence as the government reassigned thousands of police and prosecutors during the December … Continue reading

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Towards impunity? Turkey’s corruption suspects eluding case in stages, groups

Thirteen more suspects, including former Halkbank General Manager Süleyman Aslan, all of whom were detained after the breaking of a graft probe on Dec. 17, 2013, on charges of receiving bribes, money laundering and planning to circumvent international sanctions on … Continue reading

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What happened since the launch of the graft probes, Dec 17? A summary:

Here is an update of the developments of the past two months that shook Turkey further, according to a story by Today’s Zaman:   1 – It all started on Dec. 17, 2013. The police detained 52 people, including prominent … Continue reading

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Media dimension in graft probe: CHP asks parliament Erdoğan on alleged bribery in Sabah-ATV sale

Voice recordings circulating on social media — allegedly of conversations between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his son Bilal, certain ministers and businessmen discussing bribery in the sale of the Turkuvaz Media Group — were brought to the agenda of … Continue reading

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Fear of political power takes Turkey’s prosecutors in his grip

In a new development, which adds to the suspicions that Turkey once more enters a new era of impunity, Süleyman Taşbaş, head of the Justice and Law Association, has claimed that several prosecutors in İstanbul refused to accept a criminal … Continue reading

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Report: European Liberals and the Left may ask to halt the EU negotiations with Turkey

European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle has warned that the EU may halt negotiations with Turkey but that the EU does not want to do it because it would be a difficult process to restart … Continue reading

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Graft probe: daily claims three ministers received over 70 millions of dollars in bribes

According to a summary of proceedings sent to the Ministry of Justice regarding four former Cabinet ministers involved in an ongoing graft investigation, the Cumhuriyet daily claimed on Thursday that three of them accepted millions of dollars in bribes.   … Continue reading

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Turkey, graft probe and regime crisis: Power struggle, or deep rift on Turkey’s direction?

Here is my piece on what is behind the graft probe, corruption allegations published in Today’s Zaman:   There is growing confusion in the foreign media about what is taking place in Turkey, which does not go without notice. I witness … Continue reading

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