(FILES) -- A file photo taken on December 21, 2013 shows students holding a banner bearing an image of a shoe box filled with cash, as a reference to what the media said were shoe boxes of cash found in the house of the Halkbank CEO, during a protest against corruption and the AK party (AKP) government in Ankara. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
ANKARA: Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has released from jail the former head of a state-owned bank pending trial on corruption charges.
Anadolu Agency says Suleyman Aslan, the former chief of Halkbank, was freed along with seven other people on Friday. They were among two dozen people arrested following a Dec. 17 police bribery and corruption probe that targeted people close to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
The sons of two government ministers and an Iranian businessman remain jailed.
Turkish news reports say police seized $4.5 million in cash stashed in shoe boxes from Aslan's home.
Erdogan insists the corruption probe is a conspiracy orchestrated by a movement led by a U.S.-based cleric to harm his government ahead of local elections in March.
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Dozens of suspects will stand trial Monday over the mining disaster last year in the Turkish town of Soma that left...
The Turkish Coast Guard says it has recovered the bodies of eight migrants who drowned after a wooden migrant boat...
Voters in breakaway northern Cyprus elect a president whose main task will be to represent them in reunification talks...
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the concept of Iranian nuclear weapons was a fabrication and the...
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE