Anti-graft probe detainees' release pleases Turkey's PM

Friday, February 28, 2014

Erdogan hopes all will end well for `other victims of parallel judiciary`

Erdogan hopes all will end well for `other victims of parallel judiciary`

BALIKESIR - Turkey`s Prime Minister expressed Friday his happiness over a court decision to release five people who were detained during an anti-graft operation targeting a number of government allies.

"I had wished that sooner or later justice would be served, and today it was," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said prior to a hospital`s opening ceremony in the northwestern province of Balikesir.

He expressed hope all would end well for "other victims of the `parallel judiciary,`" referring to an organization which he accused of forming an illegal structure nestled within key state institutions and of targeting the government.

An Istanbul court ruled early Friday on the release of Iranian businessman Raza Zarrab and the sons of two former ministers, Baris Guler and Kaan Caglayan, along with Hikmet Tuner and Ozgur Ozdemir.

The five men, detained in an anti-graft operation launched on December 17, are banned from travelling abroad and required to appear at a police station once a week.

After Friday`s decision, no one remains under arrest as part of the probe.

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