PM Tayyip Erdogan accuses foreign ambassadors in Turkey of involvement in "provocative actions" amid a widening graft probe in which 24 people, including the sons of two ministers, have been charged
The chief executive of state-owned Halkbank, Suleyman Aslan, and Azerbaijani businessman Reza Zarrab were also charged in connection with the scandal, private NTV and CNN-Turk televisions reported.
"These recent days, very strangely, ambassadors get involved in some provocative acts," Mr Erdogan told supporters in the Black Sea province Samsun. I am calling on them from here, do your job, if you leave your area of duty, this could extend into our government's area of jurisdiction. We do not have to keep you in our country."
‘A dirty game has been set-up against our government. This game is being played against our national will,’ he said. ‘We will break this game the same way we broke it at the Gezi Park riots. This is an international game. They have set-up gangs in our state.’
Referring to the targeting of Halkbank, he said ‘What do they want from Halkbank? They should bravely step forward and answer and tell us who they working for.’
US ambassador Francis Ricciardone, was reported by Turkey's Star newspaper to have told a delegation of European diplomats on Decemeber 17 that Halkbank had been warned, and that they were soon to witness the 'fall of an empire.' Ricciardone, who met with Turkish main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu this week, denied that there had been any external influences in the anti-graft raids.
In Samsun, without mentioning Ricciardone by name, Erdogan said: ‘Some ambassadors are behaving provocatively. My message to them...mind your business. We are not obliged to keep you in our country. If our ambassadors in your countries behaved like this, let us know. You wouldn't have to expel them, we would call them back ourselves.'
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Turkish authorities have removed another 25 police chiefs from their posts, media reported, widening a crackdown on the force since it launched a corruption investigation that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called a "dirty operation" against his rule.
Erdogan accused "international groups" and "dark alliances" on Saturday of encouraging the graft investigations and signaled the purge of people behind it would continue.
Guys.. again .. *IF* (in 72pt script) ...IF...this is accurate... What the hell have we done? What have we become?????
Oh My God. You have got to be kidding me. Please Please PLEASE...tell me our Government wasn't this terminally stupid and self defeating.
Let me get this stright.... A full rank United States Ambassador is suspected to have been key in influencing an effort to bring DOWN the Government of a close and strategically critical NATO Ally?
Working directly AGAINST Turkey and it's sitting leader? Have they totally lost their sanity?!
Turkish authorities Sunday announced a ban on journalists entering police stations, in the midst of a government purge of dozens of police commanders.
One veteran police reporter, who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said the ban was the first of its kind during a 16-year career.
"It was very surprising to me. On the one hand you talk about press freedom, then you ban the press from police stations. It is very bizarre," the reporter said.
"Imagine you're a police beat reporter, how do you do your job?" the journalist added. "So they are going to invite us for the stories they want us to write, then when there is a corruption probe they are going to say don't come."
Wrabbit, no need to lose you breakfast, they are not headed south just yet. Turkey will drop the US, go with Russia and China but not get involved with the coming conflict but will leave the door open for Russia. On a side note, if you didn't already know this, the road from China through the Himalayas and into the ME is complete and fully operational. The way has been made for the Kings of the East.
Two Cabinet ministers whose sons have been arrested in Turkey's corruption and bribery scandal have resigned.
Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammer Guler both stepped down on Wednesday.
Their sons are among 24 people who have been arrested in Turkey on bribery charges in a police corruption probe that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's allies.