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Turkey's PM Erdogan says leaked recordings 'treacherous attack'

25 February 2014, 15:21

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday condemned leaked recordings of him and his son allegedly discussing how to hide large sums of money as a 'vile attack', as he grappled with the latest setback in a damaging corruption scandal.

'What was done is a vile and a treacherous attack against the prime minister of the Republic of Turkey. It will not go unpunished,' Erdogan told his ruling party lawmakers in parliament.

In a speech to his ruling AK Party deputies in parliament, Erdogan also said the recordings, which appeared on YouTube late on Monday, were a 'shameless montage,' suggesting they were faked composites of his voice and that of his son Bilal.

The recordings allegedly took place in December, when police conducted massive raids on individuals allegedly involved in corruption and arrested the sons of former ministers.

Since the corruption scandals erupted more than two months ago, Erdogan has claimed his phone conversations have been tapped by political foes within the state structures, including people loyal to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally who is becoming an oppositional force.

The government has charged that thousands of people have been wiretapped in recent months.

Opposition parties called for Erdogan to resign after the latest recordings spread on social media.

Voice of Russia, AFP, dpa

Source: voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_25/Turkeys-PM-Erdogan- says-leaked-recordings-treacherous-attack-6771/

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