AKP, CHP scuffle in Turkish parliament over Zarrab case
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) became entangled in a parliamentary debate, as CHP lawmakers argued the initial case on corruption allegations on Zarrab in Turkey had been covered up by the AKP.
During the hearing, Zarrab claimed he had paid millions of dollars in bribes to former Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan to facilitate transactions with Iran, leading Turkish parliamentarians to bring the issue to the general assembly’s agenda.
They argued that the case had been politically closed in Turkey, as the initial case opened on Zarrab’s alleged corruption operations in Turkey was closed in 2014 from lack of grounds for legal action.
When asked by the CHP lawmakers whether the ruling government would initiate a new process to lift the nonsuit decision, opening a way for a re-trial, Gül accused them of acting against Turkey’s interests in the case.
“We are saddened that Atatürk’s party is moving towards becoming FETÖ’s [Fethullahist Terrorist Organization] party,” he said.
“It is a shame for Turkey and the CHP” Gül said.
The discussion transformed into a brawl after CHP lawmaker Özgür Özel approached Gül.