CHP Konya parliamentary candidate Abdüllatif Şener spoke to Sözcü newspaper’s Özlem Gürses. Here are some important highlights from Şener’s remarks:
Will you not speak of the details of those America visits?
I have done so. Four people went to America in May 2000. Tayyip Erdoğan, Turhan Çömez, Ahmet Ergün and Ali İbiş. One of them was serving as an MP, in fact. Ali İbiş. Another of them was the person closest to Tayyip Erdoğan in his municipal period, Ahmet Ergün. Indeed, there were claims he was his bankroller. As to where they are now, believe me, I don’t know, either. Mr Erdoğan is accustomed not to bring those with close ties to him into his political entourage, but to disassociate from them.
ERDOĞAN WENT TO PENNSYLVANIA WITH AHMET ERGÜN
Did they or did they not go to Pennsylvania on the America visit?
Since you are so persistent, let me go one step further and tell you – I’m going to post a Tweet anyway – when they went together to the USA, he went along with Ahmet Ergün to Pennsylvania and met Fethullah Gülen. On Tayyip Erdoğan's first Pennsylvania visit he was accompanied by Ahmet Ergün.
Bülent Arınç is at Mr Erdoğan's side nowadays...
Yes, and his son serves as an MP. Take one look at Mr Arınç and he is in tears, take another look and he is in the opposition, meanwhile, all of a sudden, he makes a U-turn. Mr Arınç, in fact, is occupied with his own individual balances.