Bağış was forced to leave his post during a Cabinet reshuffle late in December 2013 after a graft probe went public, rocking the government.
Text accompanying the uploaded recordings claims that the audio was legally acquired through wiretapping and a man heard in them — who can be heard having a phone conversation with another man, allegedly Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab — is Bağış.
In one of the recordings, Zarrab calls Bağış to ask him if he is available for a “little chat,” and the former minister says he is free between 4 and 6 p.m. and will be in his office. In the next recording, the voice believed to be that of Zarrab can be heard speaking to a person believed to be Abdullah Happani, one of his employees.
Zarrab is heard instructing him to make a delivery of $500,000 and wants Happani to hastily gather this amount of money, put it in a box and bring it to Ortaköy, a neighborhood along the Bosporus. Happani says he will get a courier, “Halil,” to make the delivery.
After a short while, the two men can be heard talking again. This time, Zarrab wants to learn when the package of money is coming. Happani asks him to wait so he can check the whereabouts of the courier. They confirm that the money will be put in a shoebox and not a bag.
In the next recorded conversation, Zarrab can be heard asking Happani if he had sent dollars and not euros. Happani reassures him by saying the money was in dollars. “It felt like it was heavy. I said, ‘This guy sent the wrong money; we are doomed.’ I can’t remember if I told you it should be in dollars,” Zarrab says. He lightly chides Happani for his selection of a “weak” box to put the money in. “It [the money] nearly fell onto the ground,” he said.
Haramzadeler also attached video footage at the end of the audio recording. It shows a courier delivering a box to Zarrab, Zarrab entering what appears to be Bağış’s office and then him walking out without the box.