December 7, 2010
Wikileaks blew into the Turkish politics like a foul wind. It is not clear whether the disparaging remakes by US diplomats would create further tensions in an already strained relationship, but allegations of corruption and cronyism are more important. So far, the accusations of the Wikileaks are not legally confirmed and I do hope that they are not correct. The Wikileaks chronicled the following accusations by American Foreign Service personnel regarding governing party:
· PM stashing money in several secret Swiss accounts,
· His family members and close confidants being involved in corruption rackets,
· He used his influence to win large tenders for his associates,
· He enriched himself from the privatization of Tupras,
· Several governing party ministers were involved in taking bribes and smuggling,
What US diplomats think of PM and Foreign Affairs Minister is their business, but when massive corruption and cronyism is alleged, the Turkish public has a right to know. Remember, Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton refused to deny the accuracy of the leaked documents. CHP chairman Kilicdaroglu began to ask questions already, urging PM Erdogan to disclose whether he has any wealth in Switzerland. But this is not solely a matter for the opposition to investigate. Serious criminal acts are attributed to the government by a reputable source, namely the diplomatic mission of a friendly nation. Are prosecutors going to tackle these allegations by launching probes? Will the parliament agree to set up a commission to look into them? Or, will they be buried under an avalanche of red tape and judiciary indifference, as it happened to the Lighthouse Foundation donations scandal?
We don’t know yet how far Wikileaks allegations are founded. We can at least hope that this “wikileaks phenomenon” we contribute towards more transparent and accountable democracy in Turkey, in Europe and in the World.
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