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Sacked police officer praises French for Sarkozy probe.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The former head of the ystanbul Police Department's financial crimes unit, Yakup Saygyly, has expressed his support for the police officers and prosecutors who initiated a corruption probe against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The police officer, who was sacked after a corruption probe broke in Turkey on Dec. 17, wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he is ready to host his French colleagues in ystanbul if they are dismissed from their offices and deported, also sending them his congratulations on the probe.

Saygyly's remarks were considered a protest against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, which removed thousands of police officers following the Dec. 17 and 25 corruption operations.

In June, Saygyly filed a criminal complaint against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an in response to the prime minister's claims that an indictment prepared as a result of the major graft operations had referred to Erdoy-an as "then-prime minister."

Saygyly argued in his complaint that the prime minister had not told the truth about the alleged indictment, which Saygyly said does not exist. According to the complaint, a summary of proceedings and police reports had been prepared regarding a number of suspects in the corruption and bribery investigations of Dec. 17 and 25, but none of these documents referred to Erdoy-an as "then-prime minister."

Addressing AK Party supporters in the northwestern province of Yalova on May 25, Erdoy-an said former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes had been overthrown by a military coup in 1960 and later tried under the title of "overthrown prime minister." According to Erdoy-an, a plot was under way to do the same to him.

"You cannot declare a man guilty unless his criminal guilt is proven. Do you know what one indictment states about me? It refers to me as 'then-prime minister.' This is thought-provoking. I say to those who prepared that indictment: Tayyip Erdoy-an, whom you called 'then-prime minister,' is still here," he told his supporters.

According to police sources, there is no such indictment for the prime minister, and Erdoy-an was probably referring to a summary of proceedings, which mentions his name several times. The document concerns several of the suspects in the corruption and bribery investigation that broke on Dec. 17. (Cihan/Today's Zaman)


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Date:Jul 4, 2014
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