Five detainees of December 17 anti-graft operation freed

Friday, February 28, 2014

A court in Istanbul releases five people including Iranian businessman Raza Zarrab and sons of two former ministers, Baris Guler and Kaan Caglayan

A court in Istanbul releases five people including Iranian businessman Raza Zarrab and sons of two former ministers, Baris Guler and Kaan Caglayan

ANKARA - Five people who were detained during December 17 anti-graft operation, were freed on Friday. Iranian businessman Raza Zarrab and sons of two former ministers, Baris Guler and Kaan Caglayan, along with Hikmet Tuner and Ozgur Ozdemir were banned from going abroad and they have to show up at a police station once a week.

A court in Istanbul said "it is clear that the evidence of the suspects to accept a bribe, give a bribe and form an organization via wiretapping and video recording are not evidential alone unless they are supported with additional evidence."

An anti-graft operation was launched on December 17 in Turkey, which resulted in the detentions and arrests of high-profile bureaucrats, including the sons of three former cabinet ministers and businessmen.

The son of the former Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Baris Guler and son of former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, Kaan Caglayan as well as the son of the former Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, Abdullah Oguz Bayraktar had been detained.

However, Bayraktar`s son was released under judicial supervision on December 21.

Currently no one remains under arrest in the anti-graft operation.

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