Former Turkish prosecutors flee abroad

Former Turkish prosecutors flee to Armenia after facing arrest for corruption probe they conducted against government in 2013

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Former prosecutor Zekeriya Oz while he was still on duty

Updated Aug 12, 2015

Former prosecutors Zekeriya Oz and Celal Kara crossed into Armenia through Georgia after a warrant for their arrest was issued concerning a corruption probe they launched accused of being intended to overthrow the Turkish government in late 2013, Artvin Governor Kemal Cirit said on Tuesday.

“Oz and Kara left Turkey via [Turkey’s northeastern Artvin province] Sarp Border Gate [with Georgia] at 03:46am [0046 GMT], and 04:19am [0046 GMT] on Monday respectively, long before the arrest order was issued,” said Cirit.

The second chamber of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) ordered an investigation on April 15 to be launched against Oz, Kara and the judge Suleyman Karacol, who conducted the probe targeting high-rank politicians of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in December 2013.

Oz and Kara were both removed from thier posts on May 12 on the accusation of “debasement of the profession, corrupting its pride and honour.”

Oz is accused of being affiliated with the Gulen Movement led by the US based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen.

The movement is accused of forming an inner circle - also known as the “parallel state” -  within government institutions such as the judiciary, police force and the bureaucracy and of attempting to overthrow the governing AK Party through a judicial plot linked to the investigations.

TRTWorld and agencies