I stumbled across this video of a speech Erdogan held at the Muslim Arab Youth Association Conference in Tuledo, Ohio in 1996 when he was the mayor of Istanbul. Considering the last events in Turkey, his attempts to take full control over the Turkish judiciary system, this video makes you wonder if Erdoğan has ever been a true democrat?
At 2.08 minutes in the video, Erdogan says that those who will be a part of the building of the Islamic state will be richly revarded – is he talking about his own involvement in corruption?
At 4.15 minutes he starts explaining his view that democracy is just a tool to build that islamic state.
According to the newspaper Cumhuriyet, the three ministers that were recently fired because of corruption charges, have received a total of 63.5 million dollars in bribes. Former economy minister Zafer Çağlayan allegedly received a total of 52 million dollars at 28 occasions. Former interior minister Muammer Güler recieved 10 million dollars on 10 occassions and the EU minister Egemen Bağış 1.5 million dollars on three occasions.
To put 63.5 million dollars in perspective, an average Turkish household has a disposable income of about 12 000 dollars. Consequently, the bribes correspond to the yearly income of 5292 families!
Three Ministers Took 63.5 Million Dollars in Bribes