World Bulletin/News Desk
The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) on Tuesday evening announced that the posts of 2,171 judges and prosecutors across Turkey have been changed.
Among the prosecutors who have been reassigned is Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Ethem Kuriş, who was involved in an ongoing investigation into listening devices discovered in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's office.
Kuriş was also involved in the investigations into the Feb. 28, 1997 and Sept. 12, 1980 coups d'état and the suspicious death of former President Turgut Özal, who was pronounced dead in 1993 following a heart attack. There is suspicion that Özal may have been poisoned, and the investigation seeks to find out if the poisoning rumors are true.
The prime minister announced on a live TV program in late December 2012 that bugging devices were found in his office at his Ankara home. He did not specify when the devices were found.
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office immediately launched an investigation into the discovery and assigned Kuriş to deal with the investigation.
Kuriş was replaced by Fethi Şimşek, the former president of the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB).
Besides Kuriş, the HSYK decree changed the posts of 1,923 judges and prosecutors in the judicial courts while reassigning 148 judges and prosecutors serving in administrative courts.
According to the decree, İzmir Public Prosecutor Durdu Kavak, who was investigating claims of corruption and fraud at the İzmir Municipality, was removed from his post and appointed as the Manisa chief public prosecutor. In İzmir, Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu and several other municipality officials and employees are standing trial on accusations of corruption and engagement in tender rigging in the municipality, run by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). They are also accused of involvement in the crimes of “preparing fabricated documents,” “causing financial loss to the state” and “rigging tenders.”Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2013, 17:42