Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish government ministers resigned due to a corruption scandal may be prosecuted, Anadolu agency reported on Jan.11.
According to the report, Turkish Ministry of Justice intends to appeal to the country's parliament on the issue of removing immunity of former ministers.
On December 25, 2013 Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan, Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Minister of Environment and Urban Planning Erdogan Bayraktar and Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis resigned due to a corruption scandal in Turkey.
Turkish police conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec.17, resulting in the arrest of 52 people that includes businessmen and sons of some ministers. The businessmen 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 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.