Turkey opposition leader is “kamikaze” – ruling party

By releasing documents appearing to show that relatives of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had stashed $15 million in the Isle of Man, the main opposition leader had become a “kamikaze”, a spokesman for the ruling party said.

“What Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has done today is kamikaze, it is a suicide bombing,” the pro-government Yeni Şafak newspaper quoted spokesman Aydın Ünal as saying late on Tuesday.

The revelations proved that Kılıçdaroğlu was working on behalf of Turkey’s enemies, he added.

“Unfortunately, he forms the domestic political wing of the operations against Turkey,” Ünal said, adding that the timing – coinciding with the start of a U.S. trial in which Turkish officials stand accused of bypassing U.S. sanctions on Iran – also showed that he was co-ordinating with hostile factions within the United States.

Erdoğan had promised to resign if the Republican People’s Party leader was able to back up his assertion that the president’s family had large sums of money in accounts abroad.

A lawyer for Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party said the documents Kılıçdaroğlu later produced were “completely fake”.