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Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik called for attention to be paid attention to the presumption of innocence of those taken into custody, following police operations into tender fraud and bribery allegations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec. 17.

“Our government has displayed maximum sensitivity over corruption and fraud since it came to the power. We will continue to do so without a doubt. In a state of law, everybody is equal before the law. As the AK Party, we are calling for everything to be done to reveal the truth,” Çelik said in a written statement.

Some 49 people, including the sons of three Cabinet members, Interior Minister Muammer Güler, Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan and Environment and Urbanization Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar, have been detained as a part of the probe.

Other detainees include Turkish construction tycoon Ali Ağaoğlu, Halkbank General Manager Süleyman Aslan, Azerbaijani businessman Reza Zarrab, Fatih Mayor Mustafa Demir and civil servants from the Environment Ministry and the Economy Ministry, according to Hürriyet.

December/17/2013

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mr dhs

12/19/2013 10:13:55 AM

Who is Çelik fooling? AKP suggested that the Ergenekon suspects were all guilty before the first trial was held.. Really, NOW we should presume innocence. What a laugh! Maybe it is time for Turkey to take a radical turn toward a new direction. The sooner the better, or so it would seem…..

Brian Irlanda

12/18/2013 11:41:53 AM

They have just fired the police investigators @Redtail! Can you believe it?

Mehmet Ungrateful

12/18/2013 8:16:34 AM

This clown is full of it. The 50 per cent will beleive him. Time is running out for the obstinate Tyrant.

K M

12/18/2013 5:09:40 AM

Presumption of innocence! What a laugh given the way anyone who opposes Tayyip the Grim is immediately guilty of all sorts of treasonous and even "Jewish" acts.

K M

12/17/2013 11:27:32 PM

Well, you've hidden it long enough, and given the lack of an independent auditing body I can't think of how you'll do so. But starting with the fingerprints on Tayyip's fortune will be a start. @Wishingstar 35: Yes, but the AKP will throw you in jail if you call them pork.

JRC JRC

12/17/2013 10:38:37 PM

Hey, Celik, what about the truth behind the Lighthouse fraud case? What about the truth behind the amassing of wealth by Erdogan...and his wife's sudden business acumen? Don't speak of truth when you have no idea of what it is.

Murun Buchstansangur

12/17/2013 8:35:58 PM

Ah yes, that bastion of virtue, Huseyin Celik. This is the guy who had a young woman fired from her job on TV for showing some cleavage. He is the same man who impregnated his secretary when she was married to someone else. He then persuaded her and her husband to divorce and he took her on as a second wife. And he looks like a radish with a mustache!

EMI P

12/17/2013 8:08:16 PM

"AKP spokesperson ... called for attention to be paid attention to the presumption of innocence of those taken into custody" Too bad they did not have the fairness to say the same about all those military men and journalists being held in custody for years while awaiting a trial. Hypocrites.

Wishingstar 35

12/17/2013 8:06:10 PM

"In a state of law, everybody is equal before the law." .....A phrase from the book Animal Farms just pops into my head: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

mara mcglothin

12/17/2013 7:18:31 PM

While you are at it, why don't you address that Lighthouse Affair?????
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