Kılıçdaroğlu says he has more files on Erdoğan family’s bank transactions
Rifat Başaran - ANKARA
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said he holds more documents proving that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s close circle made multi-million transactions to an off-shore company.
“I have other documents. In following days this subject will be the topic of discussion,” Kılıçdaroğlu told daily Hürriyet on Nov. 29.
The CHP head was speaking after he accused five people close to Erdoğan - including his son, his brother and his brother-in-law - of carrying out transactions worth around $15 million to an off-shore company in the tax-haven Isle of Man, brandishing banking documents on Nov. 28.
President Erdoğan has rejected the accusations, saying they showed money received rather than sent because “they had sold their existing companies.”
“Money was not sent there,” he said, accusing Kılıçdaroğlu of “lying” and calling on him to “hand the documents to the prosecutor’s office if necessary.”
Responding to Erdoğan, Kılıçdaroğlu said that if there is a received money, “it is a far more serious situation.”
“If money is going abroad from Turkey, it is not ethical or moral. But if there is money received it is far more serious. It would mean [there is] either money laundering or tax avoidance going on. This would result in a worse situation. If there is money laundering it would be a subject of international law,” he said.