Businessman detained in Turkey in corruption scandal released

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 20

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkish entrepreneur Ali Agaoglu, who was detained in the corruption scandal in Turkey, has been released from custody today, Turkish TV channel Haber7 reported.

It is expected that a number of other detained businessmen will also be released, according to the report.

Turkish police conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec. 18, resulting in the arrest of 52 people that include businessmen and sons of some ministers.

The businessmen are accused of corruption, smuggling and selling drugs. Those arrested included the sons of the ministers who are the members of the Turkish ruling party - Interior Minister Muammer Guler's son Baris Guler, Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan's son Salih Kaan Caglayan, and Minister of Environment and Urban Planning 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 corruption scandal have recently been dismissed in Turkey. Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan, Minister on EU Affairs Egemen Bagis and Minister of Environment and Urban Planning Erdogan Bayraktar are also involved in the corruption scandal.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by C.N.

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