Thy ambition, Thou scarlet sin, robb'd this bewailing land. Henry VIII, William Shakespeare
Sabah-ATV 1 - Başbakandan Talimat, Sıkıntıdayız
Sabah-ATV 2 Başbakan'ın Emriyle ATV
Sabah ATV 4
Sabah-ATV 5 Nihat Özdemir
Sabah-ATV 6 Rüşveti Bilal Erdoğan Takip Ediyor
Sabah ATV 7 Patronlar Rüşvet ile ilgili sürekli bilgi veriyorlar
Funds raised from firms for tenders during Sabah-ATV purchase
Claims of fraud and malpractice during the sale of Turkuvaz Media, which includes the Sabah daily and ATV channel among many other outlets, were voiced on Tuesday by a Twitter user, Haramzadeler, stirring the agenda.
Haramzadeler, meaning “sons of thieves” in Turkish, has been uploading voice recordings and documents for the past couple of weeks including serious assertions about alleged involvement of members of the government in embezzlement and corruption. The files he divulges are mostly taken from the investigation probes, which have been stalled since the government removed these prosecutors from their posts. The identity of the account owner is not known.
According to the claims by Haramzadeler, businessman Ahmet Çalık decided to sell his media company as he grew more and more frustrated with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s intervention into the media group’s editorial decisions. He claimed that Erdoğan was meddling with the paper and the TV channel through his relative, Serhat Albayrak, who was the group’s general manager.
Upon rumors that Rupert Murdoch was interested in purchasing Çalık’s share to enter the media, Erdoğan assigned former Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım to organize several businessmen to collect enough funds to acquire the media group, Haramzadeler claimed.
According to the assertions, Yıldırım created a fund of money from the contributions of businessmen, promising them in return to take shares in big government tenders. Erdoğan was also directly involved in the process meeting with businessmen Cemal Kalyoncu and Ömer Faruk Kalyoncu on July 21, 2013, at his home in İstanbul’s Kısıklı neighborhood. The meeting was also attended by Berat Albayrak, the CEO of the Çalık Holding and Erdoğan’s son-in-law.
Haramzadeler wrote that the acquisition of the Turkuvaz Media Group seems to have been done by Zirve Holding on paper. “Zirve Holding was registered in the İstanbul Chamber of Commerce [İTO] on Aug 23, 2013. The chairman of the company, the capital of which is TL 380 million, seems to be Ömer Faruk Kalyoncu in the İTO registries. It is known by everyone that Kalyoncu may not acquire Turkuvaz Media Group with such little capital,” he wrote in his twitter messages, and claimed that legally recorded tapes exist to prove the operations to convince businessmen and pour money for the purchase.
Haramzadeler also asserted that the flow of money was followed by Erdoğan’s son, Bilal Erdoğan, and Berat Albayrak and that a bribe of 10 percent was taken from this money. According to a list provided by Haramzadeler, the names of the businessmen who transferred money to contribute to the purchase of the Turkuvaz Media are Mehmet Cengiz, Celal Kalyoncu, Nihat Özdemir, Hayrettin Özaltın, Muzaffer Nasıroğlu, Adnan Çebi, İbrahim Çeçen and Abdullah Tivnikli.
These names were all included in the second probe, which a prosecutor launched on Dec. 25, but the newly appointed police chiefs prevented it by not complying with the court order the prosecutor got to start detentions.
Haramzadeler finally revealed some of the tenders the government promised to grant to these companies as a favor for their contribution to the acquisition, including İstanbul-Ankara High-Speed Train Project, Vezirhan-İnönü tunnel and the construction of İstanbul’s third airport.
Türk Telekom’a Bilal Erdoğan'ın arkadaşı atandı
TÜRK Telekom, İçişleri Bakanı olduktan sonra bağımsız üye olarak bulunduğu yönetim kurulundan ayrılan Efkan Ala’nın yerine, TRT Genel Müdür Yardımcısı İbrahim Eren’i atandığını duyurdu. Eren’in geçtiğimiz aylarda açıklanan TRT görevi “kamu görevlisi” olmadığı gerekçesiyle tartışmalara yol açmıştı. Eren aynı zamanda Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ın oğlu Bilal Erdoğan ile okul arkadaşı.