A Twitter account behind a string of leaks in a Turkish corruption scandal posted late on Thursday what it presented as police files detailing graft allegations against four former ministers, dealing a further blow to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan weeks before elections.
The Twitter account using the pseudonym @HARAMZADELER333 posted links to a 299-page document and a 32-page document presented as police files from an investigation that became public on December 17 with a series of dawn raids.
The former ministers have denied any wrongdoing.
Former interior minister Muammer Guler, former economy minister Zafer Caglayan and former environment minister Erdogan Bayraktar each saw a son detained on December 17 as police went public with their long-running corruption inquiry. All three resigned just over a week later.
Former EU minister Egemen Bagis was replaced in a reshuffle.
The corruption scandal has grown into one of the biggest challenges of Erdogan’s 11-year rule and comes as his AK Party is campaigning for pivotal municipal elections on March 30.
His government has reassigned thousands of police officers and hundreds of prosecutors, including some of those involved in the December 17 investigation, moves which his opponents say are aimed at blocking the inquiry.
Erdogan’s aides have dismissed such claims, saying the new prosecutors would carry out their own investigations, draw up their own arguments and push ahead with the cases.
One of those new prosecutors has completed an indictment regarding the Dec. 17 case, according to Hasan Sozen, a deputy chief prosecutor in Istanbul. Sozen told Reuters it would be sent to the relevant court once it had been formally approved.
source: voice of russia