Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.14
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Of the 35 detained as a result of an anti-corruption operation in Turkish Mersin province, seven people were put under arrest, Anadolu news agency reported on Jan.14.
According to information, the trial of detainees is to be held today.
It was reported earlier that as a result of an anti-corruption operation in Turkish Mersin province, some 35 people have been detained.The detainees are accused of taking large bribes in the maritime customs service of the province.
Turkish police conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec.17, 2013, resulting in the arrest of several dozens of people that include businessmen and sons of some ministers. The detainees are accused of corruption, smuggling and selling drugs.
Mayor of Istanbul's Fatih Municipality, Mustafa Demir, Director General of Turkish Halkbank Suleyman Aslan and well known entrepreneur Ali Agaoglu were arrested during the same operation by police. Searches were also conducted at Halkbank's office.
After a meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in late December, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a new cabinet of ministers.
Translated by M.L.
Edited by C.N.