While ministers’ sons are arrested, AKP leadership denies corruption, targets US Ambassador Ricciardone

4 major newspapers that function as AKP spokespersons today targeted the ambassador:

Ricciardone refutes claims US ‘behind Turkey graft probe’

Hurriyet Daily News-3 hours agoShare
US’ Ambassador to Turkey, Francis J. Ricciardone has refuted Turkish media reports that United States was “behind” the ongoing graft probe in

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Turkey’s governing AK party embroiled in internal strife over corruption claims
Irish Times
Hizmet members are believed to have played an important part in recent years in organising the trials and jailings ? investigations into alleged coup plots known as Ergenekon and Sledgehammer ? of top generals and hundreds of officers charged with 
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One of the most interesting reactions to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan?s efforts to divert public attention away from corruption allegations came from within his own party
A fierce battle has started. In the red corner, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) that has been ruling the country with the main vow of ending corruption and bringing a ?clean? political start
Turkey?s latest political crisis coincides with Fed decisions pointing to higher interest rates, a combination that has caused a plunge in the Turkish currency that could be replicated elsewhere.


Two sons of Ministers arrested in Turkey?s corruption probe

Two sons of Turkish ministers among with 24 others arrested by an Istanbul court in a massive corruption probe
2 Bakan oğlu ile Reza Zarrab tutuklandıSüleyman Aslan, Reza Zarrab, Barış Güler, Kaan Çağlayan’ında aralarında bulunduğu 14 kişi tutuklandı.

Two ministers’ sons and bank chief accused of taking or arranging bribes as inquiry into graft targets PM’s circle

Sixteen people, including the sons of two ministers, have been charged in connection with a sweeping corruption investigation targeting allies of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The corruption inquiry is encircling the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and is seen as part of a wider struggle for power and influence
By Humeyra Pamuk and Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan denounced “international groups” and “dark alliances” on Saturday for entangling Turkey in a corruption scandal that has exposed deep rifts between him and a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who helped him rise to power. Sixteen people, including the sons of two ministers and the head of state-owned Halkbank, were

Leftist protesters demonstrate against Turkey’s ruling Ak Party and Prime Minister Erdogan in Ankara

Leftist protesters demonstrate against Turkey’s ruling Ak Party (AKP) and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara December 21, 2013. Sixteen people, including the sons of two ministers, were charged on Saturday in connection with a Turkish corruption investigation that has struck at the heart of the ruling elite and threatened the authority of Erdogan. The general manager of state-owned Halkbank was also named as one of the people charged under the action that Erdogan has called a “dirty operation” aimed at undermining his rule. Banners read: ”End the rotten corrupted system.”‘ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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