Amid corruption and tax haven investment claims involving the ruling party and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s close circle, senior members of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Tuesday submitted an investigation motion to Parliament concerning the assets of CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and his family, Cumhuriyet reported.
“As an example to the other political party leaders, we want a parliamentary investigation launched into the wealth and sources of assets of CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, his wife, his son and his daughters, his son in law and family members of his married children and relatives,” said the motion, which was signed by CHP parliamentary group deputy chairmen Engin Altay, Özgür Özel and Engin Özkoç.
The CHP’s move came amid a war of words and legal complaints between Kılıçdaroğlu and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) including Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.
Kılıçdaroğlu on Monday filed a criminal complaint against Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu due to threatening and insulting remarks in a public address.
Minister Soylu said on Dec. 10, “I speak openly: Kılıçdaroğlu, you are finished.”
According to the report, Kılıçdaroğlu is seeking TL 100,000 in damages.
Soylu’s attack on the CHP leader came after Kılıçdaroğlu revealed on Nov. 28 that President Erdoğan’s brother-in-law, brother, son, son’s father-in-law and his former executive assistant sent about $15 million to an offshore company called Bellway, Ltd., on the Isle of Man between December 2011 and January 2012. The minister accused Kılıçdaroğlu of lying.
President Erdoğan and members of his family on Dec. 1 filed a lawsuit against the CHP leader for TL 1.5 million ($380,000) in damages for creating hatred in society against the president and his family. (turkishminute.com)