World Bulletin / News Desk
Five people who were detained during December 17 anti-graft operation, were freed on Friday. Iranian businessman Raza Zarrab and sons of two former ministers, Barıs Guler and Kaan Caglayan, along with Hikmet Tuner and Ozgur Ozdemir were banned from going abroad and they have to show up at a police station once a week.
A court in Istanbul said "it is clear that the evidence of the suspects to accept a bribe, give a bribe and form an organization via wiretapping and video recording are not evidential alone unless they are supported with additional evidence."
An anti-graft operation was launched on December 17 in Turkey, which resulted in the detentions and arrests of high-profile bureaucrats, including the sons of three former cabinet ministers and businessmen.
The son of the former Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Baris Guler and son of former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, Kaan Caglayan as well as the son of the former Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, Abdullah Oguz Bayraktar had been detained. However, Bayraktar's son was released under judicial supervision on December 21.
Two weeks ago, state-owned Halkbank's former general manager Suleyman Aslan, who was also arrested on December 17, was also released. Currently no one remains under arrest in the anti-graft operation.
The Turkish government claimed the operation was a conspiracy to undermine its authority by a "parallel state" with international links.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and senior government officials blamed the group for attempting to run an agenda of its own.
Turkey's Prime Minister expressed Friday his happiness over a court decision to release five people who were detained during an anti-graft operation targeting a number of government allies.
"I had wished that sooner or later justice would be served, and today it was," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said prior to a hospital's opening ceremony in the northwestern province of Balikesir.
He expressed hope all would end well for "other victims of the 'parallel judiciary,'" referring to an organization which he accused of forming an illegal structure nestled within key state institutions and of targeting the government.
An Istanbul court ruled early Friday on the release of Iranian businessman Raza Zarrab and the sons of two former ministers, Barıs Guler and Kaan Caglayan, along with Hikmet Tuner and Ozgur Ozdemir.
The five men, detained in an anti-graft operation launched on December 17, are banned from travelling abroad and required to appear at a police station once a week.
After Friday's decision, no one remains under arrest as part of the probe.Last Mod: 01 Mart 2014, 09:13