A statement issued by The Higher Education Board (YÖK) condemned the arrest of Van University Rector Professor Yücel Aşkın for corruption, saying that many academics were angered by the accusation. A YÖK representative, Deputy Chairman Professor İsa Eşme, was sent to Van on Sunday to visit Aşkın's family and find out what exactly had taken place.
Aşkın was arrested late on Friday by the Van 4th Criminal Court for corruption in a tender for medical equipment worth $25 million.
The YÖK statement said the judiciary was in charge of finding out all facts behind the matter, but criticized the way the whole matter was handled by police officers when they took Aşkın into custody. YÖK have previously accused the government of campaigning against the body.