Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has made a statement regarding the documents that claim to prove that family members of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan transferred money abroad to evade taxes in Turkey.
According to Cumhuriyet daily’s report, Kılıçdaroğlu answering to the questions of journalist Ayşe Arman at the Equality, Justice and Women Summit, said:
“The importance of Isle of Man is this; you tell your citizens to pay taxes. But if the children of the gentlemen in Ankara [Turkey’s capital city] turn to establish companies in other countries to evade taxes in Turkey, there is a moral issue here.
“Our whole strategy since we first revealed the documents, has worked. We have one more step to take. We will do that soon. Just one more step.
“Of course, it is a person, not an alien from outer space who gave us these documents. Not FETÖ (“Fethullahist Terrorist Organization) members. There are millions of bureaucrats who love this country. There are people who cannot stand injustice”.
On November 28, at CHP group meeting, Kılıçdaroğlu had shared the swift codes and transfer receipts of 13 million 750 thousand dollars sent by Erdoğan’s brother, son, brother-in-law, principal clerk to Isle of Man with public on November 28.
State-run TRT cut the live broadcast as Kılıçdaroğlu started to bring documents into the open.
In the wake of CHP Leader Kılıçdaroğlu revealing the documents concerning Erdoğan’s family members transferring 15 million dollars to the Isle of Man, initial reactions came from AKP group deputy chairs Bostancı and Turan.
Speaking to Sputnik News, AKP Group Deputy Chair Naci Bostancı said “He is shaking some documents, we don’t know what they are”. Another AKP Group Deputy Chair Bülent Turan interviewing to A Haber (A News) said that Kılıçdaroğlu presented an official transaction as a document and urged him to resign.
Vice Prime Minister and Spokesperson for Government Bekir Bozdağ said “Everything Kılıçdaroğlu said about our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his family and acquaintances is a lie, slander” and “neither our Mr. President nor his family has any money abroad”.
President Eroğan also commenting on the documents said “If you say that you possess all the documents, stop waving them at the stand. Share it with our people, go to the Prosecutor’s Office and hand them over”.
Earlier today (November 30), Erdoğan summoned all AKP MPs to AKP Headquarters for a meeting that was expected to start at 11 a.m. It aroused interest that Erdoğan summoned the MPs after Rıza Sarraf started his confessions in the case in which former Halkbank Deputy General Director Mehmet Hakan Atilla has been tried in the United States.ü
Speaking after the meeting, AKP Spokesperson Ünal said:
“There are some allegations brought to agenda by main opposition party leader. There are also some documents he waved in the group meeting over these allegations.[…] Even his party members don’t know what they are. They are not even shared with neither the press nor jurisdiction”.(EKN/DG)