Turkish MHP party leader wants to re-open corruption cases

A coalition with the Turkish AKP could be possible, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has said, providing that Turkey’s huge corruption cases, involving four former ministers and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son Bilal Erdogan (see photo), are reopened.

“We are not closed to talks. There are a number of alternatives … There are people who want us to be [in] government to avoid the slaughtering of nationalists, but we will not give up our principles for this. They want us to form a coalition with the AKP, but what will we do with the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 [2013] graft probes,” Bahceli was quoted as saying by sources at his party’s provincial and district heads meeting on June 14.

“Give us Bilal and take the government,” he added.

Stating that he had told MHP supporters in election campaign rallies that they would pursue the corruption probes that the government wanted to cover up, Bahçeli said the MHP was “sensitive” about the issue and “could not overlook it.”

“Will we not call them to account for the money that they ‘zeroed?’ There is also Bilal on one side of this issue,” he said, referring to the wiretap recordings in which President Erdogan apparently asks his son whether he has “zeroed” or unloaded all the cash held in storage by the Erdogan family.

On Sept. 1, 2014, the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office controversially ruled that there were no legal grounds for the prosecution of 96 suspects, including Bilal Erdogan, who were accused by prosecutors of bribery and corruption in the Dec. 25, 2013 investigation.

The larger of two dossiers in the corruption probes, on the other hand, was dropped by the newly assigned prosecutor in October 2014. Some 53 graft suspects including former ministers’ sons, the former manager of Halkbank, and a controversial Iranian-Azeri businessman were implicated in the Dec 17. investigation.


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