’Dec. 17 graft probe exposes exchange of state secrets for bribes’

’Dec. 17 graft probe exposes exchange of state secrets for bribes’

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (Photo: Today's Zaman)

March 13, 2014, Thursday/ 18:38:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu asserted that the corruption investigation made public by the Dec. 17 police raids revealed that state secrets were given to certain people by government officials in exchange for bribes, speaking at a rally in the Kastamonu province.

Kılıçdaroğlu said Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who remained under arrest for over two months for bribery, asked former Interior Minister Muammer Güler if he was followed by an intelligence unit or police. Güler replied: “Don't worry. I would lie down before you [to protect you] in such a case,” in reference to recent media reports about a phone conversation between Zarrab and Güler, who resigned after Dec. 17.

“How can an interior minister say such a thing, just because that man provided benefits for his son? Did anybody lie down before Berkin Elvan [a 15-year-old teen who died earlier this week after falling into a coma as a result of injuries sustained when a police tear gas canister hit his head] to protect him?” asked Kılıçdaroğlu.

The CHP leader also said that the prime minister intends to divide society based on their beliefs and political views, adding that his party wants to build a united Turkey.

‘If we were involved in graft, they wouldn't allow us to walk on streets'

CHP parliamentary group deputy chairman Muharrem İnce said if CHP deputies were the ones involved in corruption and bribery or a wiretapping leak revealed a scandalous conversation between the CHP leader and his son, the public would not even allowed them to walk down the street, while speaking at a rally in Sivas on Thursday.

“The people would be throwing rocks at CHP offices,” İnce said, adding that the nation should act in unison against corruption.

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