Turkey plans to launch nationwide crackdown on online corruption

Turkey plans a nationwide crackdown against online corruption after a series of high-profile corruption scandals, including a probe into Turkish Airlines that led to the resignation of its chief executive.

The new plan was announced on Thursday by the Prime Minister’s Office, and it calls for the establishment of a “corrupt society” that would be policed by an executive body that would also investigate “money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes” to be implemented in Turkey. 

The new government has pledged to tackle corruption in all its facets, with the aim of ending the “corruption-like” practices of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and to “defend public finances from foreign influences.” 

The government is also expected to propose new laws to make it easier for foreign investors to gain access to Turkish companies, as well as to set up a mechanism to share information on criminal cases. 

“The new Turkish government has taken a clear position that the establishment and enforcement of a corrupt society is a priority, and that corruption has a huge impact on the country’s economy and society,” Erdogan said.

“We will not allow Turkey to become a country that is a cesspool of corruption, that is the most corrupt country on the planet.”