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CHP supplies press with documents about non-import foreign exchange transfers

CHP Spokesperson Bülent Tezcan has made a statement concerning allegations that people close to President Erdoğan transferred millions of dollars to the Isle of Man tax haven. Tezcan divulged the transaction slips and documents relating the fund transfers to the press.
Yayınlanma tarihi: 01 Aralık 2017 Cuma, 17:28

CHP Deputy General Chair and Party Spokesperson Bülent Tezcan has come public with the documents revealed by CHP General Chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu showing that people close to the President and AKP General Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan transferred funds to a company established with a capital of one pound sterling on the Isle of Man. Tezcan said, “We proposed that it be debated in parliament but the dominant will in parliament is uneasy over this matter being debated. We have opened the box. Our box containing the original documents is here.”
 
“A SHELL COMPANY”
 
Tezcan, asserting that the company to which CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu indicated the fund transfers were made is a shell company, said, “It is a company with a capital of one pound sterling. That is, the company’s capital is five lira. If you want to go to the island, it is not enough even to ride a shared taxi. There is not enough money to get you to the airport. Our General Chair spoke about these money transfers on Tuesday with documents. On Wednesday, we said, ‘Let’s hold a parliamentary investigation. Let’s investigate these transfers from top to bottom.’ Then, on Thursday, yesterday, our motion for a parliamentary investigation was dismissed thanks to AK Party MPs’ votes. Now, today, they have said, ‘Why do you not divulge them?’ We said MPs should see them first. Now we are divulging them to the public. We will distribute them in full to you. This means that we know what we are doing. I explained the road map, step by step. Today, we will divulge the originals to you.”
 
TRANSACTION SLIPS DISPLAYED
 
Tezcan, repeating that they had been told, “These documents are false,” commented, “Ziya İlgen: a 1.25-million-dollar transaction slip, the original slip. Ahmet Burak Erdoğan: a 1.45-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? Mustafa Gündoğan: a 1.25-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? Supposedly so. The son’s father-in-law Osman Ketenci: a 1.25-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? Again, Osman Ketenci. Is this false, too? A one million transaction slip. Mustafa Erdoğan: a 2.5-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false, too? These are original documents in their entirety. Let no one be flustered. These are also documents testifying to movements of money. Money comes and goes. It is all written here. We spoke about this and they raised a stink. Because they are in a fluster. They said they were false. We call out to those who say they are false. We know nothing of fraudulent business. We do not know about it. If we set out to do it, we would come unstuck. They spoke of them being false as things unfolded and the allegation of falsehood has collapsed. The prosecution has asked for them and we will give them to the prosecution. Let them also look at them. We will supply their original versions.”
 
QUESTIONS RAISED
 
Tezcan continued his speech by raising the questions, “They must answer the following question. What company did they sell? What is its name? Who are the partners of this company, the company they sold? Where is this company’s balance sheet? What is this company’s assets? They say, ‘It sold the company.’ Where are the deeds of transfer? Who bought and who sold it? What was the extent of its activities. How much money did it earn? How much tax did it pay? Let us see these things.”
 
“THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP”
 
Tezcan, stressing that the company was established on an island, round up his speech saying, “This is not a simple commercial relationship. Who is going to believe this? There is something stomach turning here. When it was raised, all hell broke loose. It is not false. Everything is in the open. We know about our friends’ sensitivity over islands. We expect the same sensitivity over the Turkish islands in the Aegean, too. Now we have opened the box. Further new boxes will open.”
 
Following his speech, Tezcan handed out photocopies of the documents taking the form of three binders that he had brought with him.
 
The main points from Bülent Tezcan’s speech are as follow:
 
“They say, ‘Don’t let the box be opened for fear of evil talk getting out.’ They get us to open the box on the holy day of Friday. We proposed that it be debated in parliament but it would appear that the dominant will in parliament is uneasy over this matter being debated. We have opened the box, and what now ensues will amount to who is uneasy over what emerges from the box.
 
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu disclosed monetary flows at the group meeting through documents. There is a company called Bellway established on the Isle of Man, a shell company. Do not forget this. It is a shell company. A company with a capital of one pound sterling. I will put it in Turkish money. The company’s capital is five lira. Five lira will not get you from here to the airport. Well, President Erdoğan’s relatives are involved in dealings with this company. Our chair announced this on Tuesday and we submitted a motion into the affair, calling for it to be investigated. However, our application was dismissed with the AK Party MPs’ votes. Yesterday in parliament, what counted was the show of hands and not conscience.
 
They said, ‘Divulge, divulge’ and now we are divulging. We will distribute the files in my possession to you in their entirety. This means that we know what we are doing. We have moved forward step by step. What has happened in these four days? They tried to put the squeeze on us but they will not succeed. Their strength will not suffice to silence us. If you use all the means in the world and gang up on us, your strength will not suffice to silence us.
 
First, they said that these documents were false. Then they spoke of a commercial relationship. Then, in fact, on Wednesday the AK Party General Chair Tayyip Erdoğan said that this was money it received for a company sale. Let me now remind you of the affair. A company is established on the Isle of Man. The company’s articles of association are here. The company was established on 2 August 2010. It has one partner: Sıtkı Ayan. It has one partner and one share. Can they have a company like this set up in Turkey? Ayan had the company established on 2 August and supposedly held on to this share for two and a half months and then transferred it to somebody called Kazım Öztaş on 15 November 2011. These are the names in the scenario. A process conducted through these names. How much was it transferred for? It was transferred for one pound sterling. One month later, that is as of 15 December 2011, those monetary flows that have been mentioned began. There was a monetary flow of 15 million dollars from 15 December 2011 until 4 January 2012.
 
You establish a company, transfer it to somebody and one month later monetary flows start with the person you have acquired it from. We revealed this and reminded them of the affair. Now they told us that these documents were false. Mustafa Erdoğan: a 1.25-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? It has not finished. Ziya İlgen: a 1.25-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? Ahmet Burak Erdoğan: a 1.45-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? Mustafa Erdoğan: a 1.25-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? Supposedly so. The son’s father-in-law Osman Ketenci: a 1.25-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? Again, Osman Ketenci: a 1-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false, too? Mustafa Erdoğan: a 2.5-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false, too? And finally, Ziya İlgen, the brother-in-law: a 2.5-million-dollar transaction slip. Is this false? Supposedly so. These are original documents in their entirety. We will now distribute these documents to you in their entirety.
 
“WE WILL ALSO GIVE THEM TO THE PROSECUTION”
 
We call out to those who say they are false. We know nothing of fraudulent business, but those who are capable of landing deals on offshore islands know very well how fraudulent transactions are conducted. We are passing everything on clearly and distinctly. As things have unfolded here, the allegation of falsehood has collapsed. The prosecution has asked for them and we will also give them to the prosecution. Let them also look at them. Now they said that this was given for a company sale. OK, what kind of company sale is this? This is what the AK Party General Chair Erdoğan said. All well and good, with us talking about funds leaving it has turned to funds arriving. This is more serious. They must reply to the following question. Which company did they sell? A second question: Who are this company’s partners? The public will be informed. Third: How much is the capital of the company they sold? What is on this company’s balance sheet? What are this company’s assets? What assets does this company have that make it worth fifteen million? They say they sold a company. Where are the deeds of transfer? Bring them out and let us talk about them.
 
“EITHER MONEY LAUNDERING OR TAX EVASION”
 
I now ask the citizenry. I ask citizens having a conscience. There is no need to know the minute details for this. A company’s entire assets are five lira and this company pays fifteen million dollars. It pays it in twenty days. These are offshore havens. Who is Kazım Öztaş? How did Kazım Öztaş acquire the means to pay fifteen million dollars within twenty days of having acquired this company? We have passed from the era of one dollars over which prayers have been said to magic one pounds. They say these documents are false but they are nothing like false. Two things come to mind. Money laundering does. Or tax evasion does.  In absolutely no democratic country with its head screwed on can you live so cheaply. A stomach-turning relationship is involved. We will come public with these documents. We will supply the prosecution with the originals. We have opened the box. Do not imagine we have closed it.”

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