An Izmir court on Tuesday began hearing a case against 130 suspects, which include Izmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu and many other municipal officials who are accused of corruption. The trial began at the Izmir 8th High Criminal Court with the attendance of 24 of the 130 suspects who are currently under arrest. Kocaoglu and 102 of the 106 suspects who are standing trial without arrest were also present at the first hearing. In January the court accepted an indictment that seeks 397 years in prison for Kocaoglu on 33 corruption-related charges. The 400-page-long indictment, which was prepared by Izmir Specially Authorized Prosecutor Birol Cengil, levels 33 charges against Kocaoglu that include establishing and leading an organization to commit a crime, tender rigging and abuse of power.
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