Gul inspects legal structure after Turkey's anti-graft ops

Turkish President Gul orders investigations into regulations on wiretapping, legal capacity to fight corruption, urban rent, admissions to state posts and state secrets

Turkish President Gul orders investigations into regulations on wiretapping, legal capacity to fight corruption, urban rent, admissions to state posts and state secrets

ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday ordered Turkey’s State Audit Board (DDK) to launch investigations into five topics, to ascertain whether the state apparatus has the legal capacity to oversee wiretapping regulations, fight corruption and deal with irregularies in urban rent, according to a statement released by the Presidency Press Service.

In the statement it was said that Gul also ordered the DDK to investigate practices and regulations in admissions to high-level state positions such as judges, prosecutors and local governors as well as into practices and regulations concerning state secrets and the degree of confidentiality of these secrets.

The DDK has become increasingly visible and active in Turkey in the last few years. It has inspected matters concerning former President Turgut Ozal’s suspicious death in 1993; the controversy surrounding the 2009 helicopter crash that killed Muhsin Yazicioglu, the head of the Great Union Party (BBP); and the responsibilities of public servants with regard to the assassination of Hrant Dink, the chief editor of weekly Agos, in Istanbul on January 19, 2007.

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