Kılıçdaroğlu, first reminding President Erdoğan of his words, “We spent 30 million dollars on the Syrians,” asked, “When, where and for whom did you expend this 30 million dollars?” and then revealed documentation of the money that went abroad.
CHP General Chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has replied to President Erdoğan’s “put up or shut up” outburst by bringing certain documents into the daylight. Kılıçdaroğlu named one by one with the documents he took out of the box he brought with him the amounts and times of the money that Erdoğan’s brother-in-law, brother, son, son’s father-in-law and former executive assistant had sent to the Isle of Man, known to be a tax haven, and showed the documents. According to the documents that Kılıçdaroğlu revealed, Erdoğan’s son, son’s father-in-law, brother and brother-in-law sent 15 million dollars from 15 December 2011 until 4 January 2012 to Bellway Limited Company, established with a capital of one pound sterling by Sıtkı Ayan on the Isle of Man. Kılıçdaroğlu proclaimed, “These are banks’ official records in their entirety. Not only in Turkey, they sent this money abroad. It is also in those company’s records. If you are an honourable man, you will do what is called for. Period.”
The key points from Kılıçdaroğlu’s speech follow:
Who cares if you bring legal action?: I asked Erdoğan questions and in the meantime there is not a peep. One day, in the papers, there is a one and a half million lawsuit. Oh dear, oh dear, you cannot imagine how afraid I am. Who cares if you bring legal action or not?
Let there be a doctor at your side: It appears the gentleman is listening to me. Dear Erdoğan, let this be my advice, bring a doctor with you. Let there be a doctor at your side.
I ask with the utmost respect: I also asked a second question. Everywhere you go you say that you gave the Syrians money to the tune of 30 billion dollars. We look and see that these people are destitute. There are Syrians dying of hunger. If you gave 30 billion dollars, disclose what you spent it on. I, ministers, members of parliament and civil society organisations do not know.
Let me prove it: Since he wants this, let me prove it. He does not know me, that is apparent. A company was established in the state of the Isle of man. You will say, “Is there a state called the Isle of Man?” Yes, there is. It is a small island. Smaller than our provinces. Bellway Limited Company. We are in possession of that company’s certificate of incorporation. With notarial authentication. It has both Turkey’s and that country’s authentication. This company held a board of directors’ meeting on both 1 and 2 August 2011. The company’s board of directors consists of one person. Sıtkı Ayan. We are also in possession of the minutes of those board of directors’ meetings. The company’s capital is one pound sterling. The board of directors is one person. Sıtkı Ayan. I will also give his address. Reşit Paşa Caddesi, Mirgül Mahallesi, Yol Sokak, No 2934450 Sarıyer, Istanbul.
Erdoğan knows who he is: Ayan transferred this company to Kasım Öztaş on 15 November 2011. Who is Öztaş? He lives at Sait Halit Paşa Caddesi, No 27, Flat 5, Yeniköy, Sarıyer, Istanbul. I am going to ask Erdoğan a question once more. Who is Sıtkı Ayan, do you know him? I am sure that you know better than me who he is. Well, do you know this Öztaş? I am sure that you know him very well, too. We are in possession of all this company’s records. Well, you will ask if money went to this company. Yes.
Who, when and how much?: Now I will turn to where and when the money went. On 15 December 2011 Ziya İlgen, the brother-in-law, sends 2.5 million dollars to the Bellway company. Bellway is a one-pound-sterling company and has a one-person board of directors. Why did your brother send money to the tune of 2.5 million dollars to a one-pound-sterling company? The pauper pays eighteen percent on the shroud he buys for his deceased, so how come you send 2.5 million dollars? Is this enough? No. Ziya İlgen sends another one million 250 thousand dollars on 26 December 2011. On 26 December 2011, Mustafa Erdoğan sends money to the tune of one million 250 thousand dollars. On 27 December 2011 Osman Ketenci – you know, the son’s father-in-law I mentioned - sends one million 250 thousand dollars. On 27 December 2011, his former executive assistant Mustafa Gündoğan sends one million 250 thousand dollars. 28 December 2011, Mustafa Gündoğan – 250 thousand dollars. 28 December 2011, Osman Ketenci – one million dollars. 29 December 2011, Ahmet Burak Erdoğan, his son – 1 million 450 thousand dollars. 4 January 2012, Ahmet Burak Erdoğan sends 2 million 300 thousand dollars.
If you are an honourable man, do what is called for: Now they will say, look here, these documents are false, this and that. These are banks’ official records in their entirety. There is no need to duck and weave. If you are an honourable man, you will do what is called for. Period.
For baby Kübra: They say, “Why are you angry at Erdoğan?” As a citizen of this country. A forty-day baby died of pneumonia in Konya Ereğli. It lived in a one-room earth house and the house’s window broke in December. I say these things to stand up for that baby’s rights. In Samsun, two-and-a-half-month baby Kübra died of hunger. I am asking you these questions to stand up for baby Kübra’s rights. In Van Gürpınar, a father marched sixteen kilometres with a dead child on his back. I am asking you these questions to stand up for their rights.
Who is contemptible?: Those who govern the state must be examples for the citizenry. You tell the citizen to pay tax and impose a penalty if they do not. But, you send your own children and have a company set up on other islands. You are going to send millions of dollars in money out of Turkey and then step out into the open in Kayseri and say, “Exchange your dollars. The Turkish lira is valuable. We are local and national.” You are neither local nor national; you are non-national. When I say this, they tell me, “If you cannot prove this, you are contemptible.” I have proved it now. Let us see who is the contemptible one.
The one who stays silent is a mute devil: Have you listened to truck drivers? Take a look at the diesel fuel they burn up. Do you know about the tax levied on diesel? When it comes to them, you take money and burden them with all the tax. Your children, brother-in-law and son’s father-in-law are going to take money abroad. Kılıçdaroğlu is not to speak at all. They will turn round and say, “What lovely opposition.” I will not do this. Why? The one who stays silent in the face of injustice is a mute devil. Beloved Erdoğan, you are incapable of governing Turkey.
Let Elçi’s murderers be found: Kılıçdaroğlu recalled the second anniversary of the death of murdered Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Tahir Elçi at the party’s group meeting. Kılıçdaroğlu said, “They promised they would find the perpetrators. The perpetrators still defy detection. Murders by unknown perpetrators are the black pages of our recent history. I hope this will not be a black page of our recent history, and that Elçi’s murderers will be found and brought before the judiciary.”
Sıtkı Ayan: According to Istanbul Chamber of Commerce records, the companies of which Sıtkı Ayan is a board of directors member and are still active are: Som Petrol, Tay Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, Aktau Petrol Ticaret AŞ, Gent Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satış AŞ, Somas Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ, SMS Gemi İnşa Sanayi AŞ, Turang Transit, Bylan Uluslararası Ticaret ve Gayrimenkul Sanayi AŞ, Emas Doğal Gaz Sanayi, Anatolian Uluslararası Enerji Yatırım, MS Uluslararası Enerji Yatırım, TRG Petrol Ticaret, CTAT Gıda ve Sağlık Ürünleri, Som Overseas Petroleum, ASB Grup Enerji, ASL Enerji, Perlite İnşaat and Aska Enerji.
Osman Ketenci: Burak Erdoğan’s father-in-law. He is known to be the operator of a taxi rank.
Bahattin Ayan: Member of the board of directors of the ASB group and Atagas. He has made a 300-million-dollar investment on the 47-thousand donum plot that the Ugandan state assigned.
Ziya İlgen: Brother-in-law. A retired teacher. Erdoğan said he got news of the 15 July coup from İlgen.
Kasım Öztaş: Member of the board of directors of the natural gas company named “Atagas” that Çalık set up.
Mustafa Gündoğan: Erdoğan’s former executive assistant.
Mustafa Erdoğan: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s brother.
Bellway and the complex offshore web
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu accused President Tayyip Erdoğan’s family of sending millions of dollars to the company named Bellway Limited established on the Isle of Man.
According to research bearing Craig Shaw’s signature published last May at the news site named “The Black Sea” that is affiliated to the European journalistic consortium named European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), Bellway Limited is actually just one of at least three offshore companies owned by the Erdoğan family. The other companies are Pal Shipping Trader One Ltd established on Malta and Burmerz Ltd also established on the Isle of Man. These companies were set up in 2007-2008.
These three companies, through a complex web, own a 25-million-dollar petrol tanker named Agdash. The existence of the ship named Agdash first came to light within the Malta Files published on the news site named “The Black Sea” (theblacksea.eu) in May.
The relationship between these three companies is as follows. The ship Agdash’s owner is Pal Shipping on Malta. Pal Shipping’s owner in turn is the Burmerz Limited company on the Isle of Man. The owner of Bumerz Limited is then Bumerz Denizcilik, established in Istanbul. The owner of this company in Istanbul in turn is Bellway Limited. So, all these companies lead to Bellway.
On paper, Bellway Limited is owned by the famous businessman, Erdoğan’s childhood friend Sıtkı Ayan.
The documents collected by the EIC consortium and published on The Black Sea bear testament that Agdash was in a sense gifted to the Erdoğan family by two businessmen. As to the 25 million dollars, this was paid by two businessmen: Mübariz Mansimov and Sıtkı Ayan. Sıtkı Ayan is the name mentioned in Kılıçdaroğlu’s speech. Mübariz Mansimov, on the other hand, is an Azeri-Turkish businessmen who chairs the Palmali Group shipping company. Palmali has previously chartered ships belonging to the Erdoğan family. The same report by The Black Sea also states that these ships were later sold to the Azeri petrol company SOCAR.
According to the research, Sıtkı Ayan paid seven million dollars for Agdash in 2008. As to the remaining eighteen million dollars, this was paid out of a loan obtained by Bumerz Limited from a Latvian bank. According to the document that is in the public domain and can be accessed for two pounds on the internet, the bank loan document dated 2009 is undersigned by Erdoğan’s brother-in-law Ziya İlgen. However, the Erdoğan family did not repay a single cent of this loan because Mansimov chartered the ship for seven years from the Erdoğan family and repaid the loan on their behalf.
In 2011, the shares in Bumerz were transferred to Bellway Limited, another company set up on the Isle of man by Sıtkı Ayan and his son Bahaddin Ayan, and to which Kılıçdaroğlu referred in his speech. Thus, on paper, the Ayans appear to be the owner of the Erdoğan family’s offshore web and the ship Agdash.
Turning to the millions that were transferred to Bellway in 2011 of which Kılıçdaroğlu spoke, it is not known for certain if they are directly related to Agdash. Even if the companies appear on paper to be managed by the Ayans, a document signed in 2014 for the Malta company registry by Ziya İlgen shows that the underlying owner of Agdash and, in consequence, the offshore web leading to Bellway is still the Erdoğan family.