Turkey's ministers reject link with corruption claims
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan have broken their silence about a major graft probe that was opened last week, denying the bribery allegations made against them and their sons Hurriyet Daily News reported reported.
"My dear fellows, thanks a lot for your trust. None of our businesses are illegal and we don't have any accounts that we cannot give," Guler announced on Twitter Dec. 22.
The minister's son Baris Guler was arrested last week in the corruption probe, the largest in the country's political history.
The minister himself is also accused of aiding some illegal transactions of prominent businessmen, including businessman Reza Sarrab, in return for money, according to some reports.
Caglayan also called the investigation "a trap," and said: "Neither me, my son, nor my colleagues have been in such wrongdoing."
Both ministers voiced their belief that "everything will come into open in the upcoming days."
Caglayan's son Kaan Caglayan and Sarrab were also among those arrested with Guler's son in the investigation that shook the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the country's political agenda.