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    Turkey-linked charity scandal brought before German parliament

    HotNewsTurkey Staff
    08.10.2008 - 11:16 | Son Güncelleme:

    The claims in Deniz Feneri e.V case, viewed as the biggest charity scandal in German history, were brought to the country's parliament, Hurriyet daily wrote on Wednesday.

    The motion, which questions the charity's links with Turkey, was prepared by the Turkish-origin Leftist Party MP Sevim Dagdelen, Hurriyet said.

    A court in Frankfurt has jailed three managers from the Deniz Feneri charity's German branch, Deniz Feneri e.V., for directing 14.5 million euro ($20.6 million) of donated funds collected from the Turkish community in Germany into private companies.

    Several people based in Turkey, including the head of Turkey's media watchdog, RTUK, Zahid Akman, were implicated as the masterminds amid claims that the charity, whose founders are close to the ruling government, might have funneled funds into the prime minister's Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    The motion asks if the German government knew that the executives of the Deniz Feneri charity are also high-level bureaucrats in Turkey. It also asks if entry bans exists for any individuals, implying earlier reports about Akman.

    The motion also asks how the German government evaluates a foreign prime minister and a minister's meeting a German official about an ongoing corruption case, and asks whether such an attempt equates to intervention in an ongoing case.

    German ambassador Eckart Cuntz held separate meetings with the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin on Nov. 22, 2007 and with Sahin on Dec. 5, 2007 about the case.



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