Turkey’s Prime Minister denies corruption charges

Turkish PM denies corruption charges

A telephonic recording said to be of a conversation between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his son Bilal is at the centre of the latest political storm in Istanbul. In the conversation, the pair allegedly discuss how to hide large sums of money on the day police raided houses as part of a corruption inquiry into Erdogan’s government on December 17, 2013.  Erdogan’s office described the recordings as a “dirty immoral fabrication”. After the alleged leak, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) held an emergency meeting where they discussed the voice recording. The CHP said the government has lost its legitimacy and called on Erdoğan to step down. However, the Prime Minister is strongly denying the charges and has questioned the authenticity of the voice recordings. These voice recordings are causing thousands of people to once again hit the streets in protest against the Prime Minister. CCTV’s Michal Bardavid reports about this controversy from Istanbul.

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