Corruption indictment named 21 people reportedly readied in Turkey

March 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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ANKARA, Turkey, March 15 (UPI) -- A prosecutor in Turkey has completed a corruption indictment naming 21 people, including the mayor of Fatih township in Istanbul, Today's Zaman reports.

The newspaper cited sources who said the indictment was forwarded to a court Friday. The court has 15 days to decide whether to accept it.

The defendants, including the mayor and the sons of three former Turkish cabinet ministers face charges that include "giving and accepting bribes," "destroying or obscuring official documents" and "violating Law No. 2863 on the Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets."

Parliament has scheduled a special session next week to discuss corruption, Hurriyet Daily News reported. The ruling AKP party has suggested the corruption case is political, aimed at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies.

"Those who are talking about the issue are making political assessments. But this is a judicial move. As the parliamentary speaker, I have to fully obey the laws," Speaker Cemil Çiçek told reporters Friday.

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