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Turkey Drops Probe Into Alleged Real Estate Corruption

A Turkish prosecutor dropped an investigation into corruption in real estate, one of three graft probes that had been rattling the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan since December, Hurriyet newspaper said.

Prosecutor Ekrem Aydiner’s decision means the judiciary probably won’t pursue a case against 60 suspects in the probe, including construction magnate Ali Agaoglu and Oguz Bayraktar, the son of former government minister Erdogan Bayraktar, who lost his job in a cabinet shuffle a week after the allegations were made public. Turkey’s state housing agency TOKI and state-linked real estate developer Emlak Konut had also been implicated in the case.