Erdoğan and senior government officials claimed that the corruption investigation is a “coup against the elected government” with “global links” and have purged thousands of members of the police and judiciary in a bid to contain the graft scandal.
The raid to dozens of homes and offices was launched on Dec. 17 last year, months after Iran and world powers inked a deal that allowed Tehran to benefit from relieved US-led sanctions. Some of the suspects of the corruption investigation, including Halkbank chief Süleyman Aslan and Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, are accused of being involved in illegal money transfers to bypass US sanctions. Washington weighed options to sanction state bank Halkbank as a major financial institution that played role in breaching the sanctions.
Erdoğan recalled this sanctions, which, according to him, were brought to the agenda in April last year, and told Şahenk in the voice recording that his adviser Bulut could explain all these during a program on NTV.
Erdoğan also complained that employees of NTV are showing “passive resistance” to the government pressure.
Şahenk tells Erdoğan that he can talk to his chief adviser Yalçın Akdoğan about arranging the program.