Sunday, May 08, 2016

Erdogan Family's Ill-Gotten Wealth

Erdogan Family’s Ill-Gotten Wealth

by Stephen Lendman

Earlier reports said he and son Bilal amassed tens of millions of dollars from colluding with ISIS to sell stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil, along with other dubious activities.

Germany’s Bild newspaper asked how he and family members amassed great wealth. His annual salary is modest, Bild saying:

“While their father earns some 50,000 euros per year, his children bathe in luxury. Where does it come from?” No “official data” explain it.

His son Ahmet’s estimated net worth is around $80 million. How was it gotten, asked Bild? “(D)oes he get support from (his father’s) government?”

His younger son, Bilal, reportedly is involved in “shady and criminal deals.” Last fall, he fled to Italy, accompanied by armed guards, on the pretext of completing his doctoral dissertation.

At the time, he denied involvement in a corruption and bribery scandal involving his father’s inner circle. Bugged conversations revealed it - Erdogan telling Bilal to quietly conceal 30 million euros.

Opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet reported Erdogan family members involved in various business dealings, perhaps regime connected.

Russia earlier revealed documented evidence of Turkey colluding with ISIS to sell stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil - Erdogan, his son Bilal, and regime officials involved.

At the time, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov minced no words, saying:

“Maybe I'm being too blunt, but one can only entrust control over this thieving business to one’s closest associates.” 

“In the West, no one has asked questions about the fact that the Turkish president's son heads one of the biggest energy companies, or that his son-in-law has been appointed energy minister. What a marvelous family business.”

“The cynicism of the Turkish leadership knows no limits. Look what they're doing. They went into (other countries - Syria and Iraq). They are robbing (them) without compunction.”

According to Russian military General Staff Deputy Head Sergei Rudskoy, “(o)ur reliable intelligence data (show) Turkey has been carrying out such operations for a long period and on a regular basis. And most importantly, it does not plan to stop them,” lying to cover up its criminal enterprise.

Turkey is the main buyer of stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil - Erdogan, his family and regime officials directly involved.

He lied saying he’d resign if evidence proved it. Russia has clear documentation. He remains in power, eliminating opposition, hardening his dictatorial rule - Western leaders ignoring his high crimes.

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