World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey’s senior prosecutor Zekariye Oz, who is well-known for leading the Ergenekon case, which saw the sentencing of a number of military officials on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, has once again been making headlines recently after ordering the anti-graft operation that began on December 17, resulting in the arrest of two dozen high-profile bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen, including the sons of two former cabinet ministers and the general manager of Halkbank.
Earlier today, Turkey’s Vatan newspaper claimed that Oz would be investigated for reportedly going on a trip to Dubai that cost $40,000. Despite Oz denying reports that his trip was paid for by a wealthy businessman, claiming that it was a family vacation that he had paid for himself, Turkish businessman Ali Agaoglu, who was caught up in the anti-graft probe himself, said that Oz’s trip was paid for by his company representative in Dubai.
Prosecutor Zekeriye Oz and businessman Ali Agaoglu were believed to have had a close relationship in the past, but since the recent operation against government loyalists, Agaoglu included, ignited debates regarding the existence of a ‘parallel state’ in Turkey, run by Fethullah Gulen, who heads the country’s most influential lobby – the Hizmet Movement – from his state of self-exile in the US. The movement, who has members in senior positions in the police force and the judiciary, has been at odds with its former ally, Turkey’s ruling AK Party, as of late.
This breaking news coincides with the announcement of plans to retry members of the Turkish Armed Forces who were sentenced has part of the Ergenekon case, which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed.Last Mod: 06 Ocak 2014, 18:11