Ex-Turkey PM signals return to politics

Iran Materials 23 June 2006 15:57 (UTC +04:00)

(AP) - Turkey's top court indefinitely suspended the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz on technical grounds Friday, a move that amounts to the case being dropped.

Under the suspension, the charges will be permanently dropped if Yilmaz does not face similar charges in the next five years. Yilmaz immediately signaled that he would return to politics, as some 2,000 fans chanted slogans in support of him outside the court house, reports Trend.

Three-time premier Yilmaz was the first former prime minister in Turkey to stand trial on corruption allegations. Yilmaz last served in public office under the three-party coalition of former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, which was defeated in 2002 elections.

"I was not interested with (political) proposals during the trial, but beginning from today, I will start making contacts," Yilmaz said to the cheers of dozens of supporters.