Skip to comments.Turkish PM accuses prosecutors and police of spying
Posted on 02/28/2014 4:31:23 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has hit back against unprecedented accusations of corruption after the leak of incriminating phone conversations, accusing both prosecutors and police of spying for another country.
The most confidential information of my country is being wiretapped by spies working for other countries and published while the prosecutors and judges of this country remain indifferent to that, said Erdoğan during a rally in the southern province of Burdur yesterday ahead of next months local elections.
The police officer sent to me and promoted chief [while working] in my office, meanwhile, places bugs in the most private place and wiretaps me, Erdoğan said.
He also referred to reports this week claiming that at least 2,280 politicians, civil servants, scholars, journalists, business leaders and artists had been wiretapped by prosecutors.
I am openly asking the prosecutor. For which country did you do these wiretappings? I am also asking the police, those who were involved in this case. For which country did you make these wiretappings? Erdoğan asked.
Erdoğan accuses the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen of orchestrating the massive graft probe targeting his government, but usually refers to the group through indirect terms such as the parallel state.
The ongoing turmoil in the country increased this week, with the prime minister facing unprecedented accusations of corruption after the leak of incriminating phone conversations between himself and his son, in the wake of the initial police raids conducted Dec. 17.
Erdoğan has called the tape a fabrication and accused the Gülen movement of producing it, while the opposition has urged him to resign.
During his electoral speech, Erdoğan also accused the Republican Peoples Party (CHP) and the Gülen movement of collaborating over the latest leaked tapes. He also reiterated his call to the Islamic scholar to return to Turkey and confront the AKP with a political party.
If you havent done anything wrong, dont stay in Pennsylvania. If your country is Turkey, return home. If you want to do politics, hit the streets and do it. But dont stir disorder in this country, dont disrupt its peace. Dont get involved in provocative acts, Erdoğan said, adding that the attack did not only target him personally but the whole country. They have established an organization called Selam. They aim to publish and threaten people when the right time comes. This is blackmail.
Calls for boycott of Gülens schools
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has geared up his rhetoric against the movement of U.S. based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, calling for a boycott of the movements schools.
Leave the prep schools and schools of [the movement]. Say: Public schools are enough for us, Erdoğan said during a rally in the southern province of Burdur on Feb. 27.
Public schools will be enough. If parents want additional lessons for their children on the weekends, we will do it. They will be free of charge, he added.
Erdoğan accuses the Gülen movement of orchestrating the massive graft probe targeting his government, but usually refers to the group through indirect terms such as parallel state.
The guy is a thieving, corrupt SOB, needs arrest, but no one left to arrest him and his sorry bunch of mafia crooks. Same old same old with islamists, fill their pockets and repress. This will not end well for them.
A week ago...Erdogan said that the supposed tape of him and his son....was totally faked.
Today....now he says that the prosecution team and cops are illegally listening in on him.
What’s next....saying it’s unfair to prosecute a guy stealing hundreds of millions a year for himself and friends? If I were Erdogan.....I’d start looking around for some friendly country....maybe Syria or Iran...that would take me in and let me stay.
Fake, my ass that tape is fake, these guys are thieving left right and centre, they would put italian mafia to shame with their antics.
Who can tell me more about this Fethullah Gülen guy? Some say he’s more in line with Attaturk’s secular government ideas, and others say he is an Islamist in sheep’s clothing.
I wonder whether the desperation and abject panic evident in the English translation of his words come through as clearly in his native tongue...