Turkey: corruption scandal, 90 Istanbul prosecutors removed

30 January, 12:43

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JANUARY 30 - Turkish authorities have once again sacked state attorneys, according to local media reports on Thursday, removing 90 of Istanbul's 120 prosecutors including three state attorneys in charge of anti-corruption probes involving dozens of people close to the government of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Ever since the start of the corruption scandal on December 17, 5,000 police chiefs and officers and 120 magistrates have been removed from their posts. The opposition accuses Erdogan of being 'ready for anything' to cover up investigations and hold on to power.

    The last prosecutors to be removed from office include Celal Kara, Mehmet Yuzgec and Mustafa Erol, who are in charge of corruption probes, reports Posta. Another two leading anti-corruption State attorneys were removed mid-January, Zekeriya Oz and Muammer Akkas.

    Shortly before being transferred, Oz said he had been threatened by two officials sent by Erdogan and Akkas denounced the fact that police in Istanbul had refused to arrest 30 people close to the establishment on corruption charges. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has opened an investigation on the two magistrates. The Turkish premier has repeatedly denounced that an 'attempted coup' is behind the anti-corruption investigations of magistrates. (ANSAmed)
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