More arrests as power struggle racks Erdogan government in Turkey

21st Dec 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) — Fourteen people have been arrested by a Turkish court on Saturday following a corruption probe that led to the detention of more than 50 suspects close to the ruling Justice and Development party and sent shock waves through Turkish political circles.

Those arrested by the court in Istanbul include the sons of the interior minister and economy minister as well as the head of state owned Halkbank, according to the semi official Anadolu news agency. Nineteen people have been released including the mayor of Fatih Municipality in Istanbul. The latest arrests bring to a total of 24 people arrested within the scope of this corruption probe.

The corruption raids on Tuesday and the removal of police commanders from their posts on Wednesday were seen by many as part of a political reckoning in Turkey between Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and an Islamist movement believed to control portions of the judiciary and the police.


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