New reNew audio recording: Interior minister instructs İstanbul police chief to defy court order

Interior Minister Efkan Ala and İstanbul’s newly appointed Police Chief Selami Altınok are allegedly heard in a new sound recording, in which they are heard discussing how to defy a court order to investigate a chief at the İstanbul Police Department’s intelligence unit accused of helping graft probe suspects.

In the leaked audio clip, uploaded by Twitter user Başçalan onto YouTube Friday night, Interior Minister Ala is heard ordering the İstanbul police chief to ignore a summons issued by İstanbul Public Prosecutor Celal Kara, who was leading one part of a sweeping graft investigation which rocked the country since it broke on Dec. 17. The corruption scandal has implicated close associates of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Kara summoned a police chief to question his role in the corruption scandal. The interior minister is heard ordering the İstanbul police chief to not allow the suspected police chief to testify in person or in writing, telling him instead to ignore the summons from the prosecutor.

“Tell him, ‘We don’t recognize you [your authority]’,” the interior minister is allegedly heard telling the İstanbul police chief.

Ala then said he would speak with the justice minister to put pressure on the prosecutor to withdraw his summons.

 

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Yavuz Baydar has been an award-winning Turkish journalist, whose professional activity spans nearly four decades. In December 2013, Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey, as well as organizing surveys, and training workshops. Baydar wrote opinion columns, in Turkish, liberal daily Ozgur Dusunce and news site Haberdar, and in English, daily Today's Zaman, on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and media matters, until all had to cease publications due to growing political oppression. Currently, he writes regular chronicles for Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, and opinion columns for the Arab Weekly, as well as analysis for Index on Censorship. Baydar blogs with the Huffington Post, sharing his his analysis and views on Turkish politics, the Middle East, Balkans, Europe, U.S-Turkish relations, human rights, free speech, press freedom, history, etc. His opinion articles appeared at the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, and Al Jazeera English online. Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentary on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his self-critical columns on journalistic flaws and fabricated news stories. Baydar worked as producer and news presenter in Swedish Radio &TV Corp. (SR) Stockholm, Sweden between 1979-1991; as correspondent for Scandinavia and Baltics for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet between 1980-1992, and the BBC World Service, in early 1990's. Returning to Turkey in 1994, he worked as reporter and ediytor for various outlets in print, as well as hosting debate porogrammes in public and private TV channels. Baydar studied informatics, cybernetics and, later, had his journalism ediucatiob in the University of Stockholm. Baydar served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan in 2004. Baydar was given the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for 'excellence in journalism', along with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014. He won the Umbria Journalism Award in March 2014 and Caravella/Mare Nostrum Prize in 2015; both in Italy. Baydar completed an extensive research on self-censorship, corruption in media, and growing threats over journalism in Turkey as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
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