Former Prime Minister and Pharmacist Detained in Fake Prescription Scandal
The former Prime Minister and Speaker of the Republic's Assembly, Sibel Siber, and pharmacist Gizem Karagözlü have been detained and will remain in custody for three days.
Sibel Siber and pharmacist Gizem Karagözlü were brought before the Nicosia District Court today. After careful consideration of the evidence presented, the court ruled that both individuals should be detained in custody for a duration of three days.
During questioning by law enforcement, former Prime Minister Sibel Siber confessed to her involvement in the scheme. She admitted to prescribing medications to acquaintances without conducting a proper medical examination. This was done under the guidance of a pharmacist, in return for cash payments ranging from 20 to 25 Turkish Liras.
The investigation has now expanded to encompass a total of 40 suspects, including doctors, pharmacists, and pharmacy staff. These individuals are suspected of causing financial losses to the Social Security Department through their actions and illicitly profiting from counterfeit prescriptions.