Turkish courts today freed the last remaining detainees in the corruption scandal that has shaken the country, after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s purge of police and judiciary quashed the probe.
The prosecutor’s office in Istanbul has ordered Turkish police to halt wiretaps and monitoring of graft probe suspects and destroy all related recordings and documents from Dec. 15, Zaman newspaper said today, citing a copy of prosecutors’ communication with police.
The release of another audio tape allegedly placing Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the center of a bribery scheme show he’s become a source of instability for his country, the main opposition party charged.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is gaining the upper hand in Turkey’s political feud by purging a police force and judiciary that helped him become the country’s most powerful leader in decades, analysts and police experts say.
Turkey’s opposition urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to quit and protests broke out in several cities after the release of an audio tape purportedly of Erdogan discussing how to dispose of hidden funds.
Turkey’s parliament approved a bill giving Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government broader powers to block access to websites, as wiretaps allegedly documenting official corruption were being shared on the Internet.