Turkish Parliament debates ex-ministers

A motion to establish an inquiry committee to investigate four former ministers accused of corruption will be debated today in the Turkish Parliament.

Turkish Parliament debates ex-ministers

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish Parliament convenes on Monday to debate a motion to establish an inquiry committee to investigate four former ministers accused of corruption.

The economy minister Zafer Caglayan, interior minister Muammer Guler and urbanization minister Erdogan Bayraktar resigned from their posts after an anti-graft probe was launched on December 17 last year. EU minister Egemen Bagis was discharged in a cabinet reshuffle.

The former ministers submitted an application to the parliament speaker for the formation of a parliamentary committee in March and the main opposition Republican People's Party has made four separate applications to Turkey's parliament for an inquiry. However, the ruling (AK) Party has withdrawn the motion.

AK Party put forward a new motion containing more detailed claims against the former ministers.

The former ministers will defend themselves in the general assembly and the MPs will vote on the motion by secret ballot.

The December 17 probe saw the detention of the sons of the three former ministers -- Guler, Bayraktar, and Caglayan -- as well as high profile businessmen and the head of the state-owned lender Halkbank. Those detained were later released pending trial.

Last Mod: 05 Mayıs 2014, 16:25
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