16 Jun 2011

50 Municipal Officials Arrested in Anti-Corruption Sweep in Turkey

50 Turkish municipal officials were arrested on Monday in the Aegean provinces of Izmir and Aydin in an anti-corruption sweep against suspected interference in public tenders and fraudulent practices in cultural and artistic events.

Turkey’s main oppositin party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), criticized the government by saying that the sweep was politically motivated, given the timing of the elections – June 12th. Many of the fraudulent tenders were taken from the municipal offices of CHP party members.

For the original article from SETimes.com, please click here.