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Monday 21 April 2014

Army's vow in Turkey graft scandal

A corruption scandal has damaged the government of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AP)

Turkey's military says it will not be dragged into politics amid a deepening corruption scandal that saw Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reshuffle his Cabinet after three ministers, whose sons were detained as part of a probe, resigned.

The military's statement came after one of Mr Erdogan's advisers raised the possibility in a regular column published in Star newspaper that the scandal may be a plot to trigger a coup. The government has already blamed the probe on a conspiracy to bring down the government.

Turkey's military has staged three military takeovers since the 1960s but has seen its powers curbed under Mr Erdogan's decade in power.

Critics accuse Mr Erdogan of political manoeuvering to prevent new arrests related to the probe, including the removal of police and judicial officials.

AP

A Turkish high court has suspended an attempt by the government to funnel all corruption investigations through top police and judicial officials.

Critics have accused Mr Erdogan of trying to stifle a corruption investigation targeting some of his allies by dismissing police chiefs and changing the rules on how the probes are conducted.

The High Administrative Court said today it was suspending the change to regulation pending more deliberations on the issue, a week after Turkey's bar association petitioned the court for its cancellation.

Mr Erdogan says the probe is part of a wider conspiracy aimed at bringing his government down.

AP

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