Eight detained in Turkey graft probe set free

State-run lender's former governor is among eight people released early Friday

State-run lender's former governor is among eight people released early Friday

ANKARA - Eight detainees arrested in Turkey as part of an anti-graft operation last December are released early Friday.

The eight people include Suleyman Aslan, former chief executive of Turkey's state-run lender Halkbank.

The Istanbul-based operation into corruption, bribery and money laundering led to the arrests of high-profile bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen, including the sons of two former cabinet ministers and the head of Halkbank.

Since the inquiry began on December 17, Halkbank's shares lost over 1.6 billion dollars.

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