Graft probe prosecutor Akkas’s file sent to chamber overseeing acts of terrorism

Akkas is accused of “abusing his authority, negligence and violating the secrecy of investigations,” during the graft probe that he oversaw until he was removed from his post, along with three others, in May by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) following an investigation.

Akkas’s lawyer and several defendants, accompanied by their lawyers, attended the hearing at the 5th Chamber.

Forty-one people, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son Bilal and the businessmen Yasin al-Qadi, Mustafa Latif Topbas, Cengiz Akturk, Usama Qutb, Muaz Kadıoglu, Abdullah Tivnikli, Orhan Kemal Kalyoncu, Omer Faruk Kalyoncu, Avni Celik and İbrahim Cecen, took part in the case against Akkas as plaintiffs.

The sons of now-former ministers, politicians and businessmen close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and other figures, including people from Erdogan’s inner circle, were detained on Dec. 17, 2013 on charges of corruption and bribery as part of a massive corruption probe. This was followed by another operation on Dec. 25, when the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office ordered the detention of 30 suspects, including a number of AK Party-affiliated figures and businessmen. However, the İstanbul Police Department, which saw an extensive purge of its top officers after the first stage of the graft probe, did not comply with the order.

In December 2014, a year after the corruption scandals went public, the HSYK’s decision to launch an investigation into the prosecutors and the judge was approved by then-Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, who was responsible for the HSYK in his former role.

The corruption probe prosecutors were then suspended from their jobs by the HSYK until the completion of the investigation that had been launched against them after malpractice allegations. The HSYK had previously allowed for an investigation into the four prosecutors and the judge, and had tasked three inspectors with examining the accusations leveled against them. The inspection report claimed that the prosecutors had “damaged the dignity of their offices through inappropriate acts and behavior.”

In May, prosecutors Zekeriya Oz, Celal Kara, Mehmet Yuzgec and Akkas were dismissed from their posts following the HSYK investigation.

While Oz, Kara and Yuzgec allegedly left the country in August for Georgia, just hours before a warrant was announced for their arrest, it is not known where Akkas currently is.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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