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Main Turkish Opposition Leader, CHP’s Kılıçdaroğlu (Kemalist) shows documents of Erdoğan’s family off-shore accounts

  • 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.

According to a  communiqué from the CHP party, Kılıçdaroğlu said there was a tiny company founded on the Isle of Man.

He then listed the transfers made by family members including Erdoğan’s son, Ahmet Burak Erdoğan, between 2011 and 2012 to the company.

“We are holding the foundation papers of that company. Do you know the founders?” he asked and continued:

“In 2011, Erdoğan’s brother-in-law, in 2012, his brother sent money to an off-shore company. In 2011 it was $2.5 million, in 2012 another $2.5 million. Why did your brother send millions to a company of £1?” Kılıçdaroğlu asked.

The audience in the parliamentary group meeting started chanting “Resign Erdoğan” as Kılıçdaroğlu showed the documents when making his speech. Turkish state television TRT cut short its live broadcast of the party meeting ( freedom of speech in Turkey?).

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.

Source:Euractiv

Who’s who?

 

Sıtkı Ayan: According to Istanbul Chamber of Commerce records, the companies of which Sıtkı Ayan is a board of directors member and are still active are: Som Petrol, Tay Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, Aktau Petrol Ticaret AŞ, Gent Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satış AŞ, Somas Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, SMS Gemi İnşa Sanayi AŞ, Turang Transit, Bylan Uluslararası Ticaret ve Gayrimenkul Sanayi AŞ, Emas Doğal Gaz Sanayi, Anatolian Uluslararası Enerji Yatırım, MS Uluslararası Enerji Yatırım, TRG Petrol Ticaret, CTAT Gıda ve Sağlık Ürünleri, Som Overseas Petroleum, ASB Grup Enerji, ASL Enerji, Perlite İnşaat and Aska Enerji.

 

Osman Ketenci: Burak Erdoğan’s father-in-law. He is known to be the operator of a taxi rank.

 

Bahattin Ayan: Member of the board of directors of the ASB group and Atagas. He has made a 300-million-dollar investment on the 47-thousand donum plot that the Ugandan state assigned.

 

Ziya İlgen: Brother-in-law. A retired teacher. Erdoğan said he got news of the 15 July coup from İlgen.

 

Kasım Öztaş: Member of the board of directors of the natural gas company named “Atagas” that Çalık set up.

 

Mustafa Gündoğan: Erdoğan’s former executive assistant.

 

Mustafa Erdoğan: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s brother.

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.

A lawyer representing Erdoğan and his family, Ahmet Ozel, immediately denied the charges. Özel also urged Kılıçdaroğlu to “immediately” hand the documents to the prosecutor’s office and file a criminal complaint if necessary. (DHA)

“All the documents and accusations maid by Kılıçdaroğlu are false. Kılıçdaroğlu should hand over the documents to the public prosecutor by the end of the day,” he said in a press release. The lawyer also stressed that “neither the president nor his family have any money off-shore”.

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.

Bellway and the complex offshore web- Malta Files

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu accused President Tayyip Erdoğan’s family of sending millions of dollars to the company named Bellway Limited established on the Isle of Man.

According to research bearing Craig Shaw’s signature published last May at the news site named “The Black Sea” that is affiliated to the European journalistic consortium named European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), Bellway Limited is actually just one of at least three offshore companies owned by the Erdoğan family. The other companies are Pal Shipping Trader One Ltd established on Malta and Burmerz Ltd also established on the Isle of Man. These companies were set up in 2007-2008.

These three companies, through a complex web, own a 25-million-dollar petrol tanker named Agdash. The existence of the ship named Agdash first came to light within the Malta Files published on the news site named “The Black Sea” (theblacksea.eu) in May.

The relationship between these three companies is as follows. The ship Agdash’s owner is Pal Shipping on Malta. Pal Shipping’s owner in turn is the Burmerz Limited company on the Isle of Man. The owner of Bumerz Limited is then Bumerz Denizcilik, established in Istanbul. The owner of this company in Istanbul in turn is Bellway Limited. So, all these companies lead to Bellway.

On paper, Bellway Limited is owned by the famous businessman, Erdoğan’s childhood friend Sıtkı Ayan.

SPENDING ON SYRIAN REFUGEES

CHP leader also demanded accountability for the alleged $30bn that Erdoğan claimed to have spent on Syrian refugees.Kılıçdaroğlu, first reminding President Erdoğan of his words, “We spent 30 million dollars on the Syrians,” asked, “When, where and for whom did you expend this 30 million dollars?” and then revealed documentation of the money that went abroad.

“Erdoğan took the stage at the UN and announced that he has spent $30bn on Syrian refugees. The Syrian refugees are all either starving or begging. Where did this money go? No one knows. Ministers don’t know, 550 MPs don’t know. We demand an answer,” said Kılıçdaroğlu.


PARADISE PAPERS

Earlier in November, ruling AKP party blocked in the parliament an investigation into the alleged involvement of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s sons in the offshore activity. The leaked offshore database dubbed the Paradise Papers, where Yıldırım’s sons were featuring, was published on November 5 by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Sources: Euractiv, sol.tr, Cumhuriyet

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