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Turkey vows to respect judicial process in bribery probe

by AFP Videos 0:35 mins

Turkey vows to respect judicial process in bribery probe

by AFP Videos 0:35 mins

SHOTLIST: ANKARA, TURKEY, DECEMBER 18, 2013 SOURCE: CIHAN NO RESALE - FOR NON EDITORIAL PURPOSES SOUNDBITE 1 Bülent Arinc (man), Turkish Deputy Prime Minister (Turkish, 25 secs): "The judicial process must be concluded quickly and carefully. We will respect all decisions made by the judiciary and we are committed to doing nothing to stop this process, on the contrary, the government has been fighting gang groups and mafia groups for 11 years now. We will fully support the judicial process." - VAR of Arinc /// ------------------------------------------------------ AFP TEXT STORY: Turkey-corruption-politics-government,lead-CORRECTION CORRECTED: Turkey will respect judicial process in bribery probe: deputy PM ANKARA, Dec 18, 2013 (AFP) - The Turkish government said Wednesday it would respect the judicial process in a bribery probe that has seen the detention of several high-profile figures. "The judicial process should be concluded swiftly and carefully," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters a day after police raids that went to the heart of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. "We will aways respect any decision made by the judiciary and will not engage in any effort to block this process," he said. Arinc, who spoke after a closed-door meeting with the prime minister and several ministers, confirmed that 51 people including the sons of three ministers were detained in connection with the anti-graft probe. "We believe our ministers are innocent," he said Arinc. "If there are corruption or money laundering allegations, the judiciary must shed light on them." Arinc branded the police operation a psychological war" against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). But he did not specify who was behind this "very planned" campaign against the government. Erdogan's AKP has vowed to root out corruption, a chronic problem in Turkey. But some political observers speculated that the raids stemmed from tensions between Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government and influential Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who wields considerable clout in the judiciary anhd the police.

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