Erdogan says opposition 'lies' on tax haven transfers
ANKARA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday denounced as "lies" claims that his family sent millions of dollars to a company in a tax haven, adding he would file a complaint.
Opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Tuesday alleged members of the president's family, including his brother, transferred around $15 million to Bellway Limited, based in the low-tax British Crown Dependency of the Isle of Man.
Kilicdaroglu said he had documents proving alleged transfers made by five individuals including Erdogan's son, Ahmet Burak Erdogan, between 2011 and 2012 to the company.
"The five names absolutely did not send money to the company or place mentioned," Erdogan said, adding: "Not one penny has been sent abroad!"
The president said he and the five individuals would file legal complaints and "fight the (claims) via legal means".
He railed against the CHP leader's "lies" in a speech at the presidential complex in Ankara, and called on him to "share the documents" with the people and prosecutors.
"If there is someone guilty, give" the information, Erdogan said, describing Kilicdaroglu's claims as an "attack" on himself and his family.
He accused the CHP of no longer being the main opposition, but "the party of treason".
Calling on Erdogan to resign in light of his claims, Kilicdaroglu said: "If you are an honourable man, you will do what is necessary."
The president dismissed his alleged evidence but again said he would resign if Kilicdaroglu could prove his claims.
It was not possible to immediately verify the CHP leader's accusations.
Erdogan also referred to the CHP leader's previous "slanderous" allegations that he had Swiss bank accounts which he said Kilicdaroglu never provided evidence for.
The president last week took legal action against Kilicdaroglu after he demanded to know whether Erdogan was aware that his family was sending money to tax havens.