“The Prime Minister has allied himself with the devil”
By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara
The revelations regarding the corruption network around the prime minister’s environment continue.
The indictments against the four ministers of the Erdogan government, who had resigned after the revelations they were receiving kickbacks, have been sent to the turkish Parliament. The indictments will be discussed in a plenary session in the following days after a formal request by the main opposition.
The most corrupt among the ministers seems to be the former Finance minister, Zafer Caglayan, who appears to have received 52 million dollars worth of kickbacks. Proof of his actions include bank accounts, telephone conversations and relevant documents. Caglayan is heard talking to the businessman Riza Zarab, asking him to make fake exports in gold in order for Turkey’s trade deficit to be reduced. He also approves 150,000 tons worth of exports with a ship that has a 5,000 tons capacity.
Caglayan has refused the allegations that Zarab had given him a 700,000 million dollar wristwatch as a gift. The webpage haramzedeler however, which links documents about the corruption scandal on a daily basis, has published a document from the businessman’s office that shows when it was bought and how it was delivered to the minister through a particular distributor.
The former minister of EU Affairs, Egemen Bagis, who had called the protesters “necrophilic” is accused of receiving a 1.5 million dollar kickback from Zarab in three installments.
The former minister of Interior, Muamer Guler, appears, without a shadow of a doubt, to have received a 10 million dollar kickback in 10 installments.
Erdogan Bayraktar, the former minister of Environment and City Planning, is accused of having granted dozens of illegal planning permission for shopping centers and skyscrapers.
Pessimistic messages for Erdogan
The opinion polls are not very encouraging for the governing AKP despite Erdogan’s confidence. According to the newspaper Sozcu, AKP’s power is in the region of 39.7%, the Republican People’s party (CHP) gets 31.7% of the votes, with the National Action party (MHP) coming third with18.2%. AKP in 2011 had gotten 49.7% of the votes and if the opinion polls come true it will mean a major loss of the government’s electoral power.
Morover, the continuous releases from prison of former generals and far right wing elements, who had been convicted for being members of the parastate terrorist organisation Ergenekon, has caused major concerns and fear in Turkey.
“Erdogan has allied himself with the devil”
“Erdogan has formed peculiar alliances. If we look at what he has done during the days following the corruption scandals, it seems like ‘Faust’s deal’ with the generals, that is with the devil. From now on if someone asks if there is a possibility for a military coup in Turkey, I say yes there is. Major turmoil is cooking in Turkey. …This is a new alliance with dangerous people, in an attempt to cover up all the scandals”, reports the prominent political analyst of the newspaper Taraf, Cengiz Candar.
Curious speculations that push things to the edges
The turkish government is trying to implicate the protesters in Gezi Park, the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died 3 days ago after being in a comma for 269 days, and the death of the 22-year-old in Istanbul yesterday, with terrorism.
The Turkish prime minister announced that the 22-year-old who was felled by unknown fire, was murdered by the terrorist organisation DHKP-C.
At the same time, web pages that support the government and the secret services publish photographs and articles claiming that the 15-year-old Berkin Elvan was a member of DHKP-C!
When Elvan had been hit by the police tear-gas canister, in June 2013, he was 14 years old.
According to the turkish Mass Media, 2 million people demonstrated in Turkey for Berkin, while from the resulting clashes with the police, 2 people lost their lives and 70 were injured.