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Turkish minister orders probe into claims over Deniz Feneri charity

Turkish minister orders probe into claims over Deniz Feneri charity
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Turkey's interior minister said late on Friday he ordered a probe into a religious charity, Deniz Feneri, after an embezzlement scandal in its sister organisation in Germany raised questions over its ties with the ruling party.

"I have charged inspectors from my ministry to look into recent allegations against the Deniz Feneri charity," Besir Atalay was quoted by the state-run Anatolian Agency as saying.

 

The Istanbul-based organisation had last been inspected in 2007 as part of a regular audit that the ministry has to carry out every two years, Atalay said.

 

Atalay's remarks two days after a court in Frankfurt jailed three managers from the charity's German branch, Deniz Feneri e.V., for directing 14.5 million euros (20.6 million dollars) raised from the Turkish community in Germany into private companies.

 

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

 

Most of the embezzled money is believed to have ended up in a business group close to the AKP and a television channel, Kanal 7, known as a staunch government supporter.

 

Among those who were implicated is also Zahid Akman, a former Kanal 7 anchorman and now the head of Turkey's media watchdog, who allegedly carried large amounts of cash from Germany to Turkey.

 

The AKP could find itself facing a fresh threat of being outlawed if it is found to have accepted money from the charity as political parties in Turkey are not allowed to accept donations from abroad.

 

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has denied the accusations and launched an attack against the media organs covering the fraud scandal in Germany.

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