Graft scandal report handed over to speaker

ANKARA – The parliamentary inquiry commission’s report into alleged involvement of four former Turkish ministers in an alleged graft scandal was submitted to the speaker’s office Friday night.

A secret parliamentary ballot is now expected to be held by Jan. 29 that will determine whether the ministers should face any legal proceedings.

The head of the inquiry commission, AK Party lawmaker Hakki Koylu, said Friday the report included all wiretapped voice recordings that were used as evidence in the probe except for the conversations of former Interior Minister Muammer Guler and former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan with their sons.  

"We sent other recordings in the CDs that include other phone calls as well," Koylu said.

"We sent 14 voice records to the public prosecutor of Istanbul... We did not destroy them as the authority and duty to destroy them is with the prosecutor's office," he added.

In December 2013, a graft scandal targeted sons of Turkish officials and businessmen, including four ministers at the time, but charges were dropped in late 2014.

A 14-member inquiry commission voted against sending the former ministers to trial at the Turkey's top court on Jan. 5.

In May 2014, the inquiry committee began its probe into corruption allegations against Guler, Caglayan, former Urbanization Minister Erdogan Bayraktar and former EU Minister Egemen Bagis.

The three officials had resigned from their posts after the anti-graft probe, while EU Minister Egemen Bagis was later replaced in a cabinet reshuffle.

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