Jun 08 2018

Turkish opposition leader fined after revealing presidential family’s offshore holdings

Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has been fined a total of 197,000 liras ($43,500) for his revelations that members of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s immediate family had large bank accounts in the Isle of Man, independent news website T24 said.

They, together with Erdoğan himself, had sued Kılıçdaroğlu for a total of 1,500,000 liras, claiming that the allegations were completely false.

During the case, Kılıçdaroğlu’s lawyer, Celal Çelik, had thrown off his lawyer’s cloak and stormed out of the courtroom in protest at what he perceived as the case being illegally accelerated in order to deliver a positive decision for Erdoğan as quickly as possible.

The judge in the case, Ülkü Ergin, had been jailed and lost his post after the July 2016 failed coup as a potential member of the Gülen movement, which is believed to have been one of the groups behind the coup attempt. He was later reinstated after three months.