Taraf’s story referred to the Dec. 25 investigation, which was stifled after the newly appointed İstanbul Police Chief refused to comply with the orders of a prosecutor. It was later revealed in a leaked recording that the police chief had been instructed by Interior Minister Efkan Ala to ignore and throw away the court order, which included serious corruption charges divided into 10 categories. A 2,500-page summary of proceedings about those implicated in the probe has been prepared by the prosecutor but has not yet been sent to Parliament, the daily said.
According to the information the daily obtained, three advisors are suspected of having received money from the businessmen in return for the meetings. Taraf said the prosecutors weren’t able to determine whether other advisors were also involved, owing to the halt of the investigation process.
It has recently been revealed that İ.K., an advisor of the prime minister, told a businessmen in a text message that his “file was approved [signed off by the prime minister]” and asked the businessman for TL 11,000 to help pay his daughter’s school fees.
The prosecutors also unearthed traces of these practices even among the advisors at certain line ministries. The recordings allegedly discovered that the chief advisor of a line ministry was also secretly working as an advisor to a leading energy company. The elder brother of this advisor, who is still employed by the ministry, has a special contract with the company to provide consultancy in return for TL 50,000 per month, the prosecutors claimed.