Turkish parliament votes down corruption trial for ex-ministers

Four former Turkish ministers will not face trial in a corruption investigation following a vote in parliament. The ministers, allies of President Erdogan, resigned at the end of 2013 in face of graft allegations.

The Turkish parliament voted on Wednesday against sending the former ministers to trail in front of Turkey’s Supreme Council court. Lawmakers in the 550-member parliament voted on each minister individually.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has a clear majority in parliament and few expected to see the ministers’ cases sent to trial. However, several members of the party broke ranks in the secret ballot and voted in favor of a trial.
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Source News: DW