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Turkish judicial purge brings corruption investigation to halt
Reuters ^ | 1/22/2014 | Daren Butler and Nick Tattersall

Posted on 01/22/2014 12:15:42 PM PST by mojito

Turkey's purge of the judiciary and police has brought a corruption investigation shaking the government to a grinding halt and could undermine confidence in state institutions, senior legal figures and the opposition said on Wednesday.

Ninety-six judges and prosecutors were reassigned overnight, the biggest purge of the judiciary since a graft scandal erupted on December 17 with the arrest of businessmen close to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and three ministers' sons.

Erdogan has portrayed the corruption inquiry as an attempted "judicial coup" orchestrated by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose network of sympathizers, known locally as "Cemaat" (religious community), hold considerable sway in many parts of the state including the police and legal system.

The government's response, transferring thousands of police officers and seeking to tighten its grip on the courts, has brought sharp criticism from the European Union, which Turkey has been seeking to join for decades, and rattled investors, helping send the lira to record lows.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cemaat; coup; cultureofcorruption; erdogan; europeanunion; fethullahgulen; iran; islamicimperialism; islamiclaw; israel; jordan; lebanon; politicalpurge; purge; russia; sharia; syria; theocracy; turkey; waronterror
Coup and counter-coup.
1 posted on 01/22/2014 12:15:42 PM PST by mojito
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Aye. Turkey is about to become a mess. Prime Minster Erdoğan's plans are probably derailed now--good. I'm not so sure the others wanting power are much better. Obama's pal helping Iran...
2 posted on 01/22/2014 12:32:27 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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Erdogan ad better stop what he is doing or risk being “Ceausescued”


3 posted on 01/22/2014 1:40:34 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Erdogan has portrayed the corruption inquiry as an attempted "judicial coup" orchestrated by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose network of sympathizers, known locally as "Cemaat" (religious community), hold considerable sway in many parts of the state including the police and legal system. The government's response, transferring thousands of police officers and seeking to tighten its grip on the courts, has brought sharp criticism from the European Union...
Thanks mojito.
4 posted on 01/22/2014 4:19:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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The parastate of Turkey is a sham morally spiritually politically every which way. The sooner it is dismantled the better.


5 posted on 01/28/2014 11:29:57 AM PST by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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