ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Main opposition
The daily published the minutes of a legally wiretapped phone conversation included in the appendices of the motions about the four then-ministers who were implicated in the corruption probes that were made public on
Baykal, who had previously served as the leader of the CHP, called Bayraktar on
The prosecutors who were carrying out the graft probe discovered the existence of this plea during a phone conversation purportedly between Bayraktar and the general manager of spatial planning at the same ministry,
"But Baykal says this place isn't worth [paying a] TL 5 million [fee]. So you may either scrap this money he is to pay as the share payment, or make a reduction in it," Bayraktar then told Kahraman, who responded by saying that he would do so.
Cumhuriyet spoke with Baykal by phone to ask him to clarify the matter of the wiretapped conversation. Baykal said the land in question was located in Antalya's Kas district and that the money that is legally required was paid for it. "If there was any demand of payment other than that which the law obligates, it wasn't paid," he told Cumhuriyet.
The daily asked Baykal if he paid TL 5 million as mentioned in the sound recording, to which the politician replied: "I don't remember the exact number but the amount officially required to be paid was paid. Any demand of payment that is not officially necessary was not carried out at all."
The 50,000 square meters of land are jointly owned by Baykal and his sister-in-law's son, SelÇuk Akiltopu. Located on the Çukurbag peninsula, it is adjacent to the
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