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Turkish President Erdo?an Embroiled in New, $15 Million Scandal

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Post Turkish President Erdo?an Embroiled in New, $15 Million Scandal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an came to power 14 years ago as a devout Muslim, announcing that he intended to eliminate corruption from Turkish politics.

Recep Tayyip Erdo?an (Photo: Micha? J?zefaciuk)

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 he had condemned.

As British historian Lord Acton once said, Power tends to corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely!

This week, I wish to cover Erdo?ans fourth corruption scandal, starting by summing up the first three involving him and his family.

The first case was regarding Erdo?an’s receiving an oil tanker worth $25 million as a gift from Mubariz Mansimov, an Azerbaijani billionaire, in 2008. At Erdo?ans request, Mansimov later became a Turkish citizen and changed his last name to Gurbano?lu.

The second case occurred in Dec. 2013, when Erdo?an and four of his ministers were implicated in a multimillion-dollar corruption probe. Faced with litigation, all four ministers resigned. Erdo?an 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 Erdo?an and his son Bilal had been recorded, revealing their discussions on how to hide the hundreds of millions of dollars in cash they had mysteriously received.

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 Ca?layan, who was accused of receiving millions of dollars in bribes from Zarrab in exchange for arranging the illegal scheme. Zarrab also implicated President Erdo?an for having authorized the illegal gold for oil trade.

The fourth and latest corruption scheme involves members of Erdo?ans family who reportedly transferred $15 million to an offshore company called Bellway Limited in the tax haven of Isle of Man, U.K., in Dec. 2011 and Jan. 2012. This accusation was made by Turkeys main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) leader, Kemal K?l??daro?lu. The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea, between England and Ireland.

Party Chairman K?l??daro?lu recently announced that a company was established on Aug. 1, 2011 on the Isle of Man with a founding capital of one British pound. He revealed the bank statements and copies of the $15 million wire transfers to the Bellway Limited company:
  • On Dec. 15, 2011, Erdo?an brother-in-law Ziya ?lgen transferred $2.5 million, and $1.25 million on Dec. 26, 2011.
  • On Dec. 15, 2011, Erdo?ans brother Mustafa transferred $2.5 million, and $1.25 million on Dec. 26, 2011.
  • On Dec. 27, 2011, Erdogan father-in-law Osman Ketenci transferred $1.25 million, and $1 million on Dec. 28, 2011.
  • On Dec. 27, 2011, Erdo?ans former executive assistant, Mustafa G?ndo?an, transferred $1.25 million, and $250,000 on Dec. 28, 2011.
  • On Dec. 29, 2011, Erdogans son Ahmet Burak Erdo?an transferred $1.45 million, and $2.3 million on Jan. 4, 2012.
K?l??daro?lu filed a parliamentary motion requesting an investigation of the transfers. However, the majority, dominated by Erdo?ans AK Party, voted down the measure. When K?l??daro?lu was addressing parliament regarding the allegations against Erdo?an, the Turkish state television cut off the live transmission!

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

As expected, Erdo?an 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 ?zel, a lawyer for President Erdo?an, stated that the bank documents publicized by K?l??daro?lu were fake and described the allegations as lies. Erdo?an threatened that K?l??daro?lu would pay a price, and filed a lawsuit against him seeking $500,000 for defamation.

These scandals may have an adverse effect on President Erdo?ans re-election in 2019, assuming that he would permit a fair election. Because he persists to undermine Turkeys reputation worldwide, we hope that President Erdo?an remains in office.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an came to power 14 years ago as a devout Muslim, announcing that he intended to eliminate corruption from Turkish politics. Recep Tayyip Erdo?an (Photo: Micha? J?zefaciuk) 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 he had condemned. As British historian Lord Acton once said, Power tends to corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely! This week, I wish to cover Erdo?ans fourth corruption scandal, starting by summing up the first three involving him and his family. The first case was regarding Erdo?an’s receiving an oil tanker worth $25 million as a gift from Mubariz Mansimov, an Azerbaijani billionaire, in 2008. At Erdo?ans request, Mansimov later became a Turkish citizen and changed his last name to Gurbano?lu. The second case occurred in Dec. 2013, when Erdo?an and four of his ministers were implicated in a multimillion-dollar corruption probe. Faced with litigation, all four ministers resigned. Erdo?an 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 Erdo?an and his son Bilal had been recorded, revealing their [...]

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an came to power 14 years ago as a devout Muslim, announcing that he intended to eliminate corruption from Turkish politics. Recep Tayyip Erdo?an (Photo: Micha? J?zefaciuk) 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 he had condemned. As British historian Lord Acton once said, Power tends to corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely! This week, I wish to cover Erdo?ans fourth corruption scandal, starting by summing up the first three involving him and his family. The first case was regarding Erdo?an’s receiving an oil tanker worth $25 million as a gift from Mubariz Mansimov, an Azerbaijani billionaire, in 2008. At Erdo?ans request, Mansimov later became a Turkish citizen and changed his last name to Gurbano?lu. The second case occurred in Dec. 2013, when Erdo?an and four of his ministers were implicated in a multimillion-dollar corruption probe. Faced with litigation, all four ministers resigned. Erdo?an 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 Erdo?an and his son Bilal had been recorded, revealing their [...]

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