Kılıçdaroğlu: Erdoğan’s relatives sent millions of dollars to foreign company
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said, he holds the transfer documents of millions of dollars sent by relatives of President Erdoğan on the Isle of Mann.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu revealed that President Tayyip Erdoğan’s close circle - including his brother, his son and his executive assistant – made transactions worth around 15 million dollars to an offshore company called Bellway Limited in the tax haven Isle of Mann in December 2011 and January 2012.
“We have all the records of this company,” Kılıçdaroğlu said on Nov. 28 addressing his group at parliament. “We also have all the documents of the financial transactions.”
Kılıçdaroğlu said Bellway Limited was found on Aug. 1, 2011, with Sıtkı Ayan as its sole board member and “a one pound sterling founding capital.”
“There are official records showing that it belongs to him both from Turkey and from the Isle of Man,” he said, adding that the company was transferred to Kazım Öztaş on Nov. 15, 2011.
“On Dec. 15, 2011, Ziya İlgen, the brother-in-law of [President] Erdoğan, sent 2.5 million dollars U to the Bellway Ltd., while Mustafa Erdoğan, the [president’s] brother, sent 2.5 million dollars. Why did your brother send 2.5 million dollars there?” Kılıçdaroğlu said, going on to list all the transactions in the documents.
“On Dec. 26 2011 Ziya İlgen sent 1.25 million dollar and Mustafa Erdoğan sent 1.25 million dollars. On Dec. 27, 2011 Osman Ketenci, the father-in-law of Burak Erdoğan, sent 1.25 million dollars. On Dec. 27, 2011 Mustafa Gündoğan, a former executive assistant, sent 1.25 million dollars. On Dec. 28, 2011 Mustafa Gündoğan sent 250 thousand dollars. On Dec. 28, 2011 Osman Ketenci sent one million dollars. On Dec. 29, 2011 Ahmet Burak Erdoğan, the son, sent 1.45 million dollars. On Jan. 4 2012 Ahmet Burak Erdoğan sent 2.3 million dollars,” he said.
“We have the SWIFT documents of these transactions … We also have bank receipts,” Kılıçdaroğlu added, amid chants of “Erdoğan resign” from attendees of the group meeting.
The revelations come after the CHP leader challenged President Erdoğan on Nov. 21 about the off-shore accounts of his close circle.
“Do you know that your children, your brother-in-law, your son’s father-in-law, your brother, and your former executive assistant have deposited millions of U.S. dollars with a company based in off-shore tax-havens?” Kılıçdaroğlu said on Nov. 21, referring to a specific company without citing its name.
In response Erdoğan on Sunday called on Kılıçdaroğlu to reveal documents of his accusations, saying that if proven he would resign.
“If Tayyip Erdoğan has a single penny abroad, he should prove it. If proven, I will not stay in this presidential post for even one minute,” he said.
“In which off-shore bank does Tayyip Erdoğan have an account? Prove it. If you cannot prove it, you yourself will have to quit politics. If you do, I will quit politics and quit my post in the presidency,” he added.
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ also blasted Kılıçdaroğu on Monday. “If you fail to produce the relevant document or information it means you are a disreputable, ignoble, vile slanderer,” Bozdağ said.
On Nov. 28, the CHP head called on Erdoğan to “do what is necessary.
“I have proven it, now tell me who is disreputable … If you are a man of honor, you will do what is necessary. Full stop,” he said.
ERDOĞAN'S LAWYER: FAKE AND LIE
Ahmet Özel, a lawyer for Erdoğan, has said documents publicised by Kılıçdaroğlu on offshore accounts linked to Erdoğan are "fake," describing the allegations as "lies."
Özel also urged Kılıçdaroğlu to "immediately" hand the documents to the prosecutor’s office and file a criminal complaint if necessary. (DHA)