Turkish gov’t ‘wants to hide Erdoğan’s relatives’ off-shore transactions trial from public’

Nergis Demirkaya / DUVAR

The government seeks to hide the trial into President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s relatives’ transactions to an off-shore company in the Isle of Man from public eye, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies said in their objection to a judicial package currently discussed in parliament.

According to the package that was introduced to speed up trials, some hearings can be held in secret if there is a “superior interest worth protecting.”

The HDP said that the wording is not clear, the article is unconstitutional and that it would pave the way for the government to hide the trials it wishes to.

“A confidentiality order may be imposed on the Isle of Man case on concerns that it will effect the government. The main problem here is that the people will have doubts about the judiciary,” it said.

The incident that the HDP referred to concerns claims of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who said in 2017 that Erdoğan’s close circle – including his brother, his son and his executive assistant – made transactions worth around $15 million to an off-shore company called Bellway Limited in the tax haven Isle of Man in December 2011 and January 2012.

CHP, meanwhile, also presented its objections, saying that the package was prepared by the presidency and not parliament.

“They want to make parliament act like a notary,” it said, adding that the public trust in the judiciary is around 20 percent.

The HDP made similar remarks, saying that parliament has turned into “an administrative approval office” since the beginning of the presidential system.

Right-wing opposition İYİ (Good) Party pointed to the structural problems in the package in its objection, saying that the bills can’t be prepared in a way that sees the opposition as an enemy.

“We need to launch a judicial reform from the beginning,” it said.

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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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