Politics 14:18 06/12/2017 Region

Turkish President Erdogan embroiled in new $15 million financial scandal

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power 14 years ago as a devout Muslim, announcing that he intended to eliminate corruption from Turkish politics.

As he consolidated his authority and moved from Prime Minister to an autocratic President, he forgot his promises and engaged in the very corrupt policies which he had condemned. As British historian Lord Acton has said… “power tends to corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely!”

This week, I wish to cover Erdogan’s fourth corruption scandal, starting by summing up the first three involving him and his family.

The first case is regarding Erdogan receiving an oil tanker worth $25 million as a gift from Mubariz Mansimov, an Azeri billionaire, in 2008. At Erdogan’s request, Mansimov later became a Turkish citizen and changed his last name to Gurbanoglu.

The second case occurred in December 2013, when Erdogan and four of his Ministers were implicated in a multi-million dollar corruption probe. Faced with litigation, all four Ministers resigned. However, Erdogan interfered in the trial, dismissing the lawsuit and firing the prosecutors and policemen who had exposed his Ministers’ corrupt practices! The private phone conversations between Erdogan and his son Bilal had been recorded, revealing their discussions on how to hide the hundreds of millions of dollars in cash they had received mysteriously!

The third case of corruption is the ongoing trial in New York City regarding a billion-dollar scheme to smuggle gold for oil from Turkey to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold dealer pleaded guilty last week to all seven charges, exposing the participation of a Turkish banker, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, and seven other defendants, including Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, who was accused of receiving millions of dollars in bribes from Zarrab in exchange for arranging the illegal scheme. Zarrab also implicated Pres. Erdogan for having authorized the illegal gold for oil trade.

The fourth and latest corruption scheme involves members of Erdogan’s family who reportedly transferred $15 million to an off-shore company called Bellway Limited in the tax haven of Isle of Man, United Kingdom, in December 2011 and January 2012. This accusation was made by Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.

Party Chairman Kılıcdaroglu recently announced that a company was established on August 1, 2011 on the Isle of Man with a founding capital of 1 British pound. He revealed the bank statements and copies of the $15 million wire transfers to the Bellway Limited company:

— On December 15, 2011, Erdogan’s brother-in-law Ziya İlgen transferred $2.5 million, and on Dec. 26, 2011, $1.25 million.

— On December 15, 2011, Erdogan’s brother Mustafa transferred $2.5 million, and on Dec. 26, 2011, $1.25 million.

— On December 27, 2011, Erdogan’s father-in-law Osman Ketenci transferred $1.25 million, and on Dec. 28, 2011, $1 million.

— On December 27, 2011, Erdogan’s former executive assistant Mustafa Gündogan transferred $1.25 million, and on Dec. 28, 2011, $250,000.

— On December 29, 2011, Erdogan’s son Ahmet Burak Erdogan transferred $1.45 million, and on January 4, 2012, $2.3 million.

Kilicdaroglu filed a parliamentary motion requesting an investigation of the transfers. However, the majority dominated by Erdogan’s AK Party voted down the measure. When Kilicdaroglu was addressing the Parliament regarding the allegations against Erdogan, the State TV cut off the live transmission!

Turkish prosecutors announced last week that they are investigating the charges against Erdogan. However, as is widely known, no judge would dare to rule that Erdogan is guilty of any crimes, given the fact that many judges are dismissed or jailed for not complying with the Turkish President’s wishes.

As expected, Erdogan was furious at the allegations against his family. He declared that he would resign from his post if it is proven that he has a bank account in a foreign country. Ahmet Ozel, a lawyer for Pres. Erdogan stated that the bank documents publicized by Kilicdaroglu were “fake” and described the allegations as “lies.” Erdogan threatened that Kilicdaroglu “would pay a price,” and filed a lawsuit against him seeking $500,000 for defamation!

These scandals may have an adverse effect on Pres. Erdogan’s re-election in 2019, assuming that he would permit a fair election. We hope that Pres. Erdogan remains in office as he persists to undermine Turkey’s reputation worldwide!

By Harout Sassounian
Publisher, the California Courrier



Source Panorama.am
Share |

Related news

Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

20:31
Hrant Melkumyan wins the third consecutive game at FIDE Open
Traditional FIDE Open is underway in London attended by 232 chess players, including 19 grandmasters from 40 countries. Grandmaster Hrant...
20:20
Chocolate flows down German street after factory accident
A ton of chocolate has leaked from a factory and smothered a nearby street in a major spill in Germany. Firefighters were working to pry the...
19:35
These elections mark an important new stage in Armenia’s democratic development – UK Minister for Europe
The UK welcomes the preliminary assessment of the international observation mission that the Armenian parliamentary elections on 9 December 2018...
18:40
Book exhibition-fair to be organized in Khnko Aper children’s library
Khnko Aper children’s library in Yerevan will host a book exhibition-sale on December 14. The event is dedicated to the 85th anniversary...
18:12
Levon Aronian plays draw on the opening day of London Chess Classic
Both the games Caruana-Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave -Aronian were drawn on the first day of the London Chess Classic, the final leg of...
17:39
Another housewarming project implemented as a result of partnership between VivaCell-MTS and Fuller Center
A housewarming was celebrated in Zarinja village of Aragatsotn region, VivaCell-MTS reports adding the Atoyan family was one of the first to be...
16:55
Lars road closed for all types of vehicles
Stepantsminda-Lars highway is closed for all types of vehicles as of 2:30pm Wednesday due to adverse weather conditions, the Armenian Ministry...
16:39
No Armenians among Strasbourg shooting victims
According to the preliminary check, there are no Armenian citizens or ethnic Armenians among the victims of the shooting in the eastern French...
16:14
Academy looks warily at Oscar host options as board meeting looms
Kevin Hart’s abrupt departure as Oscars host has left the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scrambling to find someone to...
16:05
Yerevan court extends MP Manvel Grigoryan’s pre-trial detention for two months
The Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction ruled on Wednesday to extend the pre-trial detention of lawmaker Manvel Grigoryan, a retired general...
15:35
Another animal dies in Yerevan Zoo
One of the Bezoar ibexes of Yerevan Zoo has today been found dead outside its case, the zoo said in a statement. The animal escaped the zoo...
14:48
Analyst: Armenia proves it can hold elections with unquestionable results
The December 9 early parliamentary elections came to prove that Armenia can hold elections the outcomes of which leave no doubts, political...
13:57
Egypt restricts yellow vests sales to avoid copycat protests
Egyptian authorities have quietly introduced restrictions on the sale of yellow reflective vests, fearing opponents might attempt to copy French...
13:31
ACI World names Martin Eurnekian as new chair of Governing Board
Airports Council International (ACI) World has announced that Martin Eurnekian is the new Chair of the ACI World Governing Board, Armenia...
13:13
VivaCell-MTS: When buying a smartphone, get a chance to use “Y” tariff plan for 30 days
Until January 31, 2019, when buying a number of smartphone models by Samsung, iPhone, Honor, Xiaomi, Alcatel and Nokia at VivaCell-MTS services...
12:56
Trump: 'I am proud to shut down the government for border security'
U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would take the blame for a partial government shutdown if he can't reach a deal with Democrats...
12:46
Moscow to erect Charles Aznavour statue
Moscow is putting up a statue of French-Armenian international singer Charles Aznavour, Moskovskiy Komsomolets (MK) Russian daily reports....
11:58
Over 40% of Armenian textile, clothing, leather and shoes production exported to EU
Business Armenia has published a marketing package presenting investment opportunities, production potential and key indicators of Armenian...
11:29
U.S. Ambassador to Armenia should call Armenian Genocide, a genocide
By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier Everyone knows that Ambassadors have to follow the foreign policy guidelines of...
11:13
UN says 250,000 Syrian refugees could return home next year
Up to a 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to their devastated homeland in 2019, while many others face problems with documentation and...
10:59
Several roads closed, difficult to pass in Armenia
Several roadways in Armenia are shut down or difficult to pass as of Wednesday morning due to adverse weather conditions. Vardenyats Pass,...
10:38
Strasbourg shooting: Gunman at large after three killed and 12 injured
Hundreds of police officers are hunting a gunman after three people were killed and 12 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city...
20:28
Rains predicted in Yerevan tomorrow
No precipitation is predicted on December 14-16. On December 12-13 in most regions from time to time precipitation is predicted, in mountainous...
20:24
Hrant Melkumyan victorious at FIDE Open
The London Chess Classic, the final leg of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour started on December 11. Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian, Hikaru...
19:23
Protest march in support of ex-President Kocharyan underway in Yerevan
Protest gatherings are underway on December 11 in the Armenian capital Yerevan with the participants demanding the release of Armenia’s...
18:33
Two criminal cases initiated based on reports received on elections day and during the campaign - Investigative Committee
Armenia’s Investigative Committee reports that as of 11:00, December 11, 78 reports on electoral breaches recorded during snap elections...
18:22
More than 20 members of Georgian-Armenian-Azerbaijani gang detained in France
At least 22 members of a criminal group have been detained in France in a law enforcement operation named VORS 69-01. As Russian media outlets...
17:23
President Sarkissian to attend the inauguration ceremony of Georgian president
President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian will attend the inauguration ceremony of Georgia’s President-elect Salome Zurabishvili that will be...
17:11
CEC publishes the signed voters' lists of snap parliamentary elections
Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Armenia has published the signed lists of the voters who participated in the December 9 elections to the...
16:31
Parliament speaker: Snap election results ‘twice obliging’ for winners
National Assembly Speaker Ara Babloyan has congratulated the political forces on their victory in the December 9 snap parliamentary elections,...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}