Former opposition leader to press charges on bribe accusations
AA PhotoFormer opposition leader Deniz Baykal is set to press charges over bribe accusations in WikiLeaks documents, private broadcaster NTV reported on its website today.
Baykal gave the government three days to produce the documents that were mentioned in U.S. cables that said the Turkish police had briefed the U.S. Embassy in Ankara about the Ergenekon investigation and outlined rumors of a bribe paid to Baykal.
The former head of the Republican People's Party (CHP) said no such cables could have existed if the briefing had not taken place.
"People in Turkey with inside information on the case go and tell the U.S. embassy. These people make grave accusations about me. The interior minister denies it ever happened. And I have to believe that, but at the same time that cable has been sent to Washington. The cable is there,” Baykal said during a televised interview last night.
"The most important thing about this picture is that if the state didn't do it, then who did?" Baykal said.