Frankfurt: Turkish charity fraud trial, AKP implicated

Money collected by the charity organization, Deniz Feneri was paid to the chairman of a Turkish media group who has close links with the government, the German prosecutor claimed on Tuesday.

German police chief says donations paid to pro-AKP media in Turkey

The trials in the Deniz Feneri charity case continued on Tuesday at a German court.

The Supreme Court of Frankfurt held another session on the so-called Deniz Feneri case on Tuesday. A legal case was opened in Germany for the religious charity, Deniz Feneri, over claims of illegal financial transactions of donated funds and fraud.

The fraud scandal widened to media groups close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and some bureaucrats. Even a suspect in the case claimed that funds from the charity were paid to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan which resulted in Erdogan launching an attack on the media organs that published the claims.

The police chief of the Frankfurt financial crimes unit said a total 8.9 million euros in cash was drawn from Turkish state-run Vakifbank's Vienna branch since 2004.

"We had three sources on the money traffic. The cash drawn from bank, money couriers and payment receipts... Later we noticed most of the receipts are bogus. All of the money was given to Zekeriya Karaman," Alexander Boehm said.

Karaman is the chairman of Islamist broadcaster Kanal 7, who has close ties with Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Bohm said in 2005-06 Karaman was paid 755,000 euros.


Source: Hurriyet (English)

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