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Is the AKP shielding former ministers from corruption charges?

A Turkish parliamentary inquiry commission has decided not to put former government ministers on trial for corruption.
(From L to R) Republican People's Party (CHP) MPs Riza Turmen, Osman Koruturk, Levent Gok, Erdal Aksunger and Emre Koprulu attend a news conference in Ankara January 5, 2015. A Turkish parliamentary commission voted on Monday not to send four former ministers accused in a corruption investigation to the Supreme Court for trial, effectively backing President Tayyip Erdogan after a scandal that had rattled his inner circle. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR4K4TW

A parliamentary inquiry commission decided on Jan. 5 not to send four former ministers from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to the Supreme Council to stand trial for a corruption case involving millions of dollars.

The decision was based on the unanimous votes of the nine AKP members of the 14-member interparty commission, and flew in the face of strong evidence, which some AKP deputies have also said required that the former ministers stand trial, if only to clear their names.

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