TURKISH PRESS REVIEW DEC 23

Turkish newspapers have focused on a postponed parliamentary commission ruling on last December's anti-fraud probe.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW DEC 23
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Turkish papers on Tuesday focused on a postponed parliamentary commission which was to rule on corruption allegations against four former ministers within the scope of last December's anti-fraud probe.

HABERTURK's front-page reads: "Voting postponed to Jan 5." The daily says it was put back because three of the four ministers objected to a report by Turkey's Financial Crimes Investigation Board on their assets.

In May, the inquiry committee began its probe into corruption allegations against former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, former Interior Minister Muammer Guler and former Urbanization Minister Erdogan Bayraktar.

The three officials resigned from their posts after an anti-graft probe was launched on Dec. 17, 2013; EU Minister Egemen Bagis was later replaced in a cabinet reshuffle.

"Vote to be held on Jan 5," MILLIYET says. According to the daily, the main opposition Republican People's Party reacted against the postponement, claiming that the ruling Justice and Development Party is trying to buy time. 

The corruption inquiry committee comprises 14 members of parliament from political parties represented in the Turkish legislature, except for the Peoples' Democratic Party, whose member withdrew from the committee.

The ruling party is represented on the committee by nine members, the CHP with four and the Nationalist Movement Party with one.

Turkish newspapers also covered Transport and Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan’s remarks on the country's Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) which he said needs to be restructured after unchecked and damaging activities took place in the department.

Speaking at The Anadolu Agency's Editor’s Desk on Monday, Elvan responded to questions regarding the Turkish wiretapping scandal.

HURRIYET ran the headline: "Turkey's wiretapping HQ TIB violated its authority", reporting that Elvan said TIB headquarters should be moved since he no longer has confidence in the wiretapping body.

TIB is the state agency in charge of legal monitoring of communications in the country.

"We do not know what happened there," VATAN quoted the minister as saying. The daily added that the TIB headquarters was built in Ankara in 2010 and cost 45.5 million Turkish liras (approx. $20 million).

Elvan said the Turkish government has completed all its plans for the restructuring of the Directorate. “We will be ready to discuss it in the cabinet in the coming weeks,” he said.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Aralık 2014, 14:30
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