Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s son, Bilal is reported to have testified in court on Tuesday.
Bilal Erdogan is alleged to have been linked to high-level graft activities. His testimony was received by specially authorised Istanbul prosecutors, Anadolu Agency reports.
A massive corruption investigation was launched on 17th December, 2013 which saw the resignation of four government ministers.
PM Erdogan had claimed after the probes that the so-called “operation” was targeting him through the Service for Youth and Education Foundation of Turkey (TURGEV), a charity NGO which has his son, Bilal Erdogan as a board member. The PM responded to the claims, saying he would “disown his children” if it was determined that they were involved in corruption.
Since the beginning of the corruption investigations, the government has accused self-exiled Fethullah Gulen, who founded the Hizmet Movement of being behind the investigations. Gulen has consistently denied this accusation. PM Erdogan claims that this is part of a plot of discredit his government and has since them removed countless police officers and prosecutors involved in the investigations from their posts.