Erdogan concedes government phones are tapped

Erdogan concedes government phones are tapped

Turkey’s prime minister has said tapes purporting to be conversations with his son over money are a ‘shameless montage’

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday voice recordings purportedly of him telling his son to dispose of large sums of money on the day news broke of a graft inquiry were a “treacherous attack” on his office.

This is an unverified transcript of the tapes published on a website:

RTE: Are you home son?

Bilal E(son): Yes father

RTE: Now! This morning [they] made an operation. Ali Agaoglu, Reza Zerrab, Erdogan’s [Bayraktar-ex minister] son, Zafer’s [Caglayan – ex-minister] son, Muammer’s [Guler – ex-minister] son, etc.. All their houses are being searched now.

BE: Tell again, daddy

RTE: I’m saying that Muammer’s son, Zafer’s son, Erdogan’s son, Ali Agaoglu, Reza Zerrab etc they are searching the houses of 18 people under a big corruption operation thing.

BE: yes

RTE: OK? Now, what I say is, you take everything that you have in the house out. OK?

BE: What can I have on me dad! There is your money in the safe

RTE: That’s what I am saying. Now, I am sending your sister. OK?

BE: You are sending who?

RTE: Your sister, I’m saying.

BE: Eh, OK

RTE: Then,… She has that information, OK. Talk with your big brother

BE: Yes

RTE: On him,,, Let’s do…, talk with your uncle too, he should also take out, also talk to your [maternal] uncle, he should also…

BE: What should we do with these daddy, where should we put them?

RTE: To specific places, to some specific places… do it

(A woman’s voice on background saying “Berat”)

BE: Berat also has some

RTE: That’s what I am saying. Now, get together, go get your uncle, I don’t know if Uncle Ziya has some, OK? Also immediately [inform] your brother Burak too.

NE: OK father. You mean Sumeyye, I mean take out, Sumeyye will tell me where to take them?

RTE: Yes, fine. C’mon now, do [it] think about yours among yourselves with your uncle, etc

NE: on what to do?

RTE: Yes, yes, let’s contact fast, until 10.00. Because the issue is…

NE: OK father

RTE: OK? Keep in touch

NE: OK daddy

2nd call 11.17

NE: Father, We got together with Brother Hasan etc. Brother Berat, my uncle, we are together, thinking about it. Berat has another idea. He says that let’s give some of it to Faruk [Kalyoncu] for the other “business/thing” so he can process them like the previous ones. Shall we do it, we can solve a big amount with this.

RTE: That may be

NE: OK. For the other part, because we started a business partnership with Mehmet Gur, we thought of giving it to him saying “keep it, as the projects come you can use from that. This way, we will be able to dissolve and move the rest to somewhere else.

RTE: OK, fine, as long as you do…


RTE: Did Sumeyye arrive?

NE: She arrived home, she’ll now come here. OK daddy, we will sort this out today, inshallah (with God’s permission). Anything else?

RTE: It would be good if you do… If you can dissolve them all.

BE: Yes, we will dissolve them all, inshallah

3rd call 15.39

RTE: Did you do the other tasks I gave you?

BE: We will finish them in the evening. We sorted some out; We sorted the Berat part, now we will first handle the part with Mehmet Gur and the rest, we will do that when it gets dark.


BE: Inshallah

RTE: What did Sumeyye do?

BE: She took them out, brought, we talked, etc.

RTE: Did she sort both sides?

BE: I think so daddy, she said she emptied both.

RTE: Both sides

BE: Yes, she said both of them, but you mean this by saying both sides, right?

RTE: Whatever. OK, fine

BE: What time will you arrive?

RTE: About 12

BE: Have a safe journey

RTE: Do not talk on the phone

4th call 23.15

BE: Hi daddy, I am calling to… we did [it] mostly. Eee, did you call me daddy?

RTE: No I did not, you called me

BE: I was called from a secret number

RTE: By saying mostly, did you fully dissolve it

BE: We did not zeroized it yet daddy. Let me explain.. We still have a 30 million euros that we could not yet dissolve. Berat thought of something.. There was an additional 25 million dollars that Ahmet Calik should receive. They say let’s give this [to him] there. When the money comes, we do [something], they say. And with the remaining money we can buy a flat from Sehrizar, he says. What do you say, father?

RTE: ….

(background soun: Ayyy)

BE: Daddy

RTE: Is Sumeyye with you?

BE: Yes with me, should I call her?

RTE: No, there was another sound, that’s why I asked

BE: Umm.. I mean, he can transfer 35 million dollars to Calik and buy a flat from Sherizar with the remaining.

RTE: Whatever, we will sort it

BE: Should we do it like this?

RTE: OK do it

BE: Do you want them all dissolved father, or do you want some money for yourself

RTE: No, it cannot stay, son. You could transfer that to the other, with Mehmet you could transfer it there…

BE: Yes, we gave to them. We gave 20 to them

RTE: For God’s sake, first you should’ve transferred you could then do…

BE: we were able to give this much for now, it is hard already, it takes too much space. We are putting some of it to another place, we gave part of it to Tunc, and then…

RTE: did you transfer all to Tunc?

BE: (Sumeyye, can you come) Where, father?

RTE: To Tunc, I say, did you transfer all to Tunc?

BE: They asked, I guess he said that he could take 10 million euros.

RTE: Whatever. Do not talk this like this on this.

BE: OK, then, we will sort it as such

RTE: Ok do it. I am not able to come tonight, I will stay in Ankara

BE:OK, we are sorting it out. You do not worry

5th call

18.12.2013 10.58

RTE. I wondered if everything is fine, so I called

BE: No, nothing. We finished the tasks you gave us, with the help of the God

RTE: Is it all zeroed?

BE: Fully, I mean saying zeroed, how should I put it? I had Samandira and Maltepe’s money, 730.000 USD and 300.000 TL. I will handle these too. We owe 1 million TL to Faruk İsik (AKP MP); I will give those to him and tell him to transfer the rest to the academy.

RTE: Do not talk openly

BE: Should’t I talk?

RTE: Do not talk, OK?

BE: OK daddy

RTE: I mean, do not keep anything on you, whatever it is Samandira or whatever… Send it to where it needs to be, where do you keep it?

BE: OK daddy, but I think currently we are under surveillance

RTE: What have I been telling to you since the very beginning!

BE: But is it the bodyguard team? Who is following us father?

RTE: Son, you are being tapped

BE: But they are also visually monitoring, they say

RTE: That may be true. Now, we did some things (meaning intervention) in Istanbul security



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