The removal of the prosecutor, Muammer Akkas, is a new sign of a profound power struggle over Turkey’s judiciary and police forces.
“The prosecutor, Muammer Akkas, issued a condemnation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, accusing it of interfering in the judiciary and preventing him from carrying out his work.
Mr. Akkas said that the government had prevented the police forces from pursuing a new round of suspects in the widening inquiry. Among those suspects, according to several Turkish news media reports, is Mr. Erdogan’s son, whose name was on a summons that was leaked to the press on Thursday evening.
‘The judiciary has clearly been pressured,’ Mr. Akkas said in a written statement, charging his superiors with ‘committing a crime’ for not carrying out arrest warrants, and saying that suspects had been allowed to ‘take precautions, flee and tamper with evidence.’”