Experts verified authenticity of dismissed 2013 corruption probe recordings - Kılıçdaroğlu's lawyer
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s lawyer submitted evidence to a Turkish court on Monday of what he called proof of the authencity of audio recordings leaked during the 2013 corruption probe implicating President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s family and high-level ruling party officials.
Celal Kılıç submitted a report from experts confirming the authenticity of the recordings, dismissed as fabricated by the government, as evidence in a case filed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan against opposition leader Kılıçdaroğlu, Yeniçağ newspaper reported.
Turkish police arrested in December 2013 the sons of three cabinet ministers and dozens of others, including leading businessmen known with close ties to the Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government on suspicion of corruption, bribery and tender-rigging in what came to be known as the corruption probe.
Erdoğan condemned as fabricated an audio recording of a conversation that allegedly took place following the arrests, appearing to show him talking to his son about hiding large sums of money.
Calls by the opposition for an investigation into the recordings fell on deaf ears as the government effectively swept the probe under the rug.
The Turkish government maintains the 2013 probe was orchestrated by followers of the Gülen movement, an Islamist group led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, who Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 2016 coup attempt to topple the government of Erdoğan.