Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler has confirmed that he submitted a letter of resignation to Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the corruption scandal in the country, Turkish TV channel TRT Haber reported on Dec. 24.
Guler claimed that the anti-corruption operation that started in the country is aimed at preventing the municipal elections to be held in 2014.
The interior minister also stressed that the charges brought against his son do not correspond to reality and it will soon become clear that his son is innocent.
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.
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.
Earlier, mayor of Istanbul's Fatih Municipality, Mustafa Demir and famous entrepreneur Ali Agaoglu were released.
The Turkish court made a decision on measure of restraint in the form of arrest of interior minister's son Baris Guler and businessman Reza Zarrab. Economy minister's son Salih Kaan Caglayan is also among the detainees in accordance to the court's decision.
Translated by E.A., L.Z.
Edited by C.N.