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Corruption case against former Turkish PM effectively ended

[JURIST] Turkey's Supreme Court on Friday announced that the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz [personal website; Wikipedia profile] has been indefinitely suspended, meaning that the charges against Yilmaz will be dropped if he does not face similar accusations within the next five years. Yilmaz and former Economics Minister Gunes Taner were accused of pre-determining the winner [JURIST report] of a process to privatize Turkey's state bank and of using a mafia leader to scare off unwanted bids.

Yilmaz is the first former Turkish leader to face criminal prosecution. Prime minister three times in the 1990s, he finally left public office in 2002, but said after the suspension of his case Friday that he is considering a return to the political arena. AP has more.

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