Erdogan releases the suspects of the corruption scandal from prison

Erdogan releases the suspects of the corruption scandal from prison


By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

After the raw intervention of the Erdogan government to Justice and the thousands of permutations of prosecutors and judges, what comes next is the release from prison of those accused of the corruption scandal that shakes Turkey and “touches” the Turkish Prime Minister’s environment.

The managing director of the public bank Halkbank, Suleyman Aslan, was released from prison after two months in custody under investigation for corruption.

In Aslan’s residence they had found $4.5mln hidden in shoe boxes. He claimed that he had concentrated this money from various donations for the construction of schools. Eight more people who are affiliated with the Justice and Development party were released from prison. Aslan was Halkbank’s CEO up until a few days ago.

However, the businessman Riza Zarab, who is considered the man behind all these, since it seems that he was funding the son’s of the government’s ministers, will remain under custody. The sons of the former Ministers of Finance and Interior will also remain in custody.

The columnist of the turkish newspaper Hyrriyet, Ertuğrul Özkök, revealed that the Prime Minister’s son, Bilal Erdogan, presented himself to the prosecutor in order to defend himself regarding the accusations that are laid against him in regard to the suspicious donations that gave been given to the institution, of which he is a member of the board of directors. Essentially, Bilal Erdogan, went to testify almost two months after the order for his adduction had been given and after the prosecutor who had called him had been replaced.