Turkey launches whistleblower Web site for anti-corruption drive

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ISTANBUL--The Turkish Ministry of Interior has launched a Web site to increasepublic support for a government fight against corruption and organized crime, reminiscent of Italy's "Clean Hands'' operation of the 1990s.

The site currently under construction,ww.temizturkiye.gen.tr, is a result of adirect order from Sadettin Tantan, the Minister of Interior. According to the semi-official Turkish news agency Anadolu Ajansi,Mr. Tantan specifically wanted the site tobe named "Temiz Turkiye," which literallytranslates as "Clean Turkey."

The site will accept informants' e-mails.All the information received will be evaluated by the Organized Crime Department andthe sources will not be revealed. Based onthe evidence, Mr. Tantan and the State Security Court will be informed and investigations will begin immediately.

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