Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.19
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
A Turkish court ordered the confiscation of property of those arrested in connection with a corruption scandal, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Dec.19.
This decision was adopted by the court a day before the special operation, during which the accused were arrested in connection with a corruption scandal in the country, according to the newspaper.
Turkish police have recently conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara, 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.
Among those detained were the sons of some ministers, who are the members of Turkey's ruling party - Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan's son, Salih Kaan Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammar Guler's son Baris Guler, 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 famous entrepreneur Ali Agaoglu were arrested during the same operation by police. Searches were conducted at Halkbank's office.
Senior police officers investigating a Turkish corruption scandal were dismissed on Dec.18.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.