Baku, Azerbaijan, April 8
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Former director general of Turkey's Halkbank, Suleyman Aslan has been appointed to a new post - a board member of the largest state bank, Ziraat Bankası, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on April 8.
Aslan was arrested under the anti-corruption operations in Turkey in December 2013 and was released in February 2014. Afterwards, he was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of Halkbank.
Boards of directors in state banks have a right to independently choose a chairman, according to Turkey's banking legislation.
Turkish police conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec.17, 2013, resulting in the arrest of several dozen people including businessmen and the sons of some ministers. The detainees were accused of corruption, smuggling and selling drugs.
Former Interior Minister Muammar Guler's son, Baris Guler, former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan's son, Salih Kaan Caglayan, the Mayor of Istanbul's Fatih Municipality, Mustafa Demir, well known entrepreneur Ali Agaoglu and businessman Reza Zarrab were all arrested during the same operation by police.
Turkey's Prosecutor's Office made a decision to release them in February 2014.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.