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Turkey removed a series of top Istanbul prosecutors from their posts on Thursday, pressing a government purge of the judiciary intended to curb what it considers a specious corruption investigation shaking the government.
Istanbul's chief prosecutor and five of his deputies were among 20 people reassigned in the shakeup, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), which is headed by the justice minister, said in a statement.
Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has allowed the Supreme Court of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) to launch a probe against three prosecutors as part of an anti-graft operation that has rocked Turkey since December 17.
The Third Chamber of the HSYK decided in early January to launch an investigation against Colakkadi, prosecutors Zekeriya Oz and Muammer Akkas, Celal Kara, and Istanbul's newly appointed police chief Selami Altinok.
The desicion, in accordance with the respective law, is subjected to the approval of the Minister of Justice. Bozdag allowed the probe against Zekeria Oz, Muammer Akkas, and Celal Kara - the key prosecutors in anti-graft operations launched in December 17, while he rejected the Istanbul chief prosecutor and police chief.
The Third Chamber of the HSYK is responsible for the oversight of judges and prosecutors.
Hadi Salihoglu named Istanbul's new chief public prosecutor
District Prosecutor Hadi Salihoglu replacing Turan Colakkadi as Istanbul's new chief public prosecutor.
Istanbul's Deputy Public Prosecutor Fikret Secen was appointed to the Kocaeli Province, Deputy Public Prosecutor Cihan Kansiz was assigned to the Sakarya Province, Ercan Safak to the Kocaeli Province, and Ali Güngör to Istanbul Anadolu's prosecution office.Last Mod: 16 Ocak 2014, 17:55