Erdogan denounces 'judicial coup' against Turkey
ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, Jan 4, 2014, hit out against a corruption probe that has dragged down members of his government, calling it an "attempted assassination" and a "judicial coup".
At a luncheon in Istanbul with generally pro-government intellectuals, writers and journalists, Mr Erdogan reiterated his view that shadowy groups in Turkey and abroad are conspiring to oust him from power.
"What they wanted to do was an attempted assassination of the national will," he said in the address later broadcast on television.
"They tried to carry out a judicial coup in Turkey... But we are going to oppose this operation, this Dec 17 plot that targeted the future, the stability of our country," Mr Erdogan said.