Court arrests accused in Turkish corruption scandal

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.21

By - Trend:

A Turkish court made a decision on the measure of restraint by arresting interior minister's son Baris Guler and businessman Reza Zarrab, Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Dec.21.

Economy minister's son Salih Kaan Caglayan is also among the detainees, according to the newspaper.

The number of people detained by the court has reached 22, the newspaper said.

Turkish police conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec.18, resulting in the arrest of 52 people including business people and sons of some ministers. The business people are accused of corruption, smuggling and selling drugs.

Among those detained were the sons of some ministers who are members of Turkey's ruling party - Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan's son, Salih Kaan Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammar Guler's son Baris Guler and Minister for Urban Development and Environment Erdogan Bayraktar's son Oguz Bayraktar. All three were detained on suspicion of corruption.

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.

Some senior police officers investigating the Turkish corruption scandal were dismissed on Dec.18.

Additionally, the names of Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, Interior Minister Egemen Bagish, Interior Minister Muammar Guler and Minister for Urban Development and Environment Erdogan Bayraktar have are appeared in the corruption scandal.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by S.M.

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