Istanbul notary official warned for verifying Erdoğan’s university diploma without proof

The Turkish Notaries Union has issued a warning to a notary clerk for verifying the photocopied university diploma of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan without receiving a hard copy of the original document, pro-government Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Nejla Akgün of the Istanbul 15th Notary approved Erdoğan’s diploma submitted in the run up to last year’s June 24 presidential election with a stamp that verified it was true to the original, despite failing to receive the original copy of the document, the newspaper said.

 Allegations that the Turkish president does not have a university degree, which is a requirement for being a presidential candidate, first surfaced in 2014, when Erdoğan took office as president. 

Erdoğan's official biography states he graduated from Marmara University's Economic and Commercial Sciences Faculty in 1981, however, according to the university’s web site the faculty was established in 1982. The Turkish president has never shared the document with the public.

Despite the fact that Akgün has received a disciplinary warning from the union, no formal investigation has been launched into the incident, Cumhuriyet said.