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

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

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.

 

 

RULING NEXT WEEK

The next trial was adjourned until Monday. A court judge told Hurriyet daily the postponement of the coming session was due to the personal matter a relative of a court member being involved in an accident.

 

"Bohm would inform the court on the political aspect of the case on Monday. I think the case would be finalized on Wednesday," the judge added.

 

 

JUDGE REACTS LAWYER

The judge of a German court responded bluntly to attempts by the lawyer of the suspects in the case to defend the Turkish prime minister.

 

Joerg Haseneier, the lawyer of the pro-AKP broadcaster Kanal 7 Europe's CEO, rejected claims that Erdogan had received money from his client, Mehmet Gurhan.

 

"Erdogan did not take any money. I guess it is a translation mistake," Haseneier was quoted as informing the judge. According to the indictment of the case, executives from the charity brought money to the office of the Turkish prime minister in briefcases.

 

Judge Juergen Mueller reacted to Haseneier over his remarks regarding Erdogan.

 

"You do not have to defend the Turkish prime minister in this courtroom. Or did he hire you as his lawyer," Mueller told Haseneier.

 

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