CHP leader suggests Dec. 17-25 be celebrated as ‘Thieves’ Week’

CHP leader suggests Dec. 17-25 be celebrated as ’Thieves’ Week’

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. (Photo: Cihan, Mustafa Kirazlı)

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu jokingly suggested that the week between Dec. 17 and 25 be celebrated as “Thieves’ Week” every year, a reference to a corruption investigation concerning top government officials that went public that week last year.

Kılıçdaroğlu commented on Saturday on a decision by the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday to drop charges against the suspects implicated in one of Turkey’s major graft probes.

“After all this, the week of Dec. 17-25 should be declared ‘Thieves’ Week’ and celebrated by the thieves at AK Party [Justice and Development Party] headquarters."

The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutors’ Office dropped the charges against 53 suspects standing trial in the corruption investigation. The highly-publicized investigation, which kicked off on Dec. 17, 2013, and was labeled by authorities as a "coup against the government," implicated the sons of several ministers, pro-government businessmen and the chief of the state bank. At the heart of the probe was Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who was allegedly involved in a money-laundering scheme as part of his strategy to bypass US-led sanctions on Iran.

Barış Güler and Salih Kaan Çağlayan, the sons of former Cabinet ministers, were also among the suspects whose charges were dropped.

CHP Secretary-General Gürsel Tekin said in an interview with the Hürriyet daily on Saturday that members of all the CHP’s provincial branches will go to courthouses on Monday and leave a black wreath in protest of the prosecutors’ decision.


About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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