World Bulletin / News Desk
A Saudi Arabian businessman, whose name was included in a list of Al-Qaeda suspects who were due to be arrested in Turkey before a top prosecutor had his order to conduct the operation rejected by the police, has responded to the accusations made against him.
Yasin Abdullah Al-Qadi was due to be arrested in the second wave of operations against a number of businessmen and bureaucrats and politicians deemed loyal to the AK Party-led government, in what many consider to be an attempt to discredit the Turkish government ahead of local elections. Al-Qadi, who was listed as an Al-Qaeda suspect, escaped arrest when the Istanbul police force and gendarme refused of carry out the operation on behalf of prosecutor Muammer Akkas.
Al-Qadi said that all allegations against him were false and that his innocence had been proven by the Turkish courts, showing a document granted by the United Nations Security Council on October 5, 2012, clearing him of charges that he was linked to Al-Qaeda.
The accusations against Al-Qadi were also used to launch a smear campaign against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son and some cabinet ministers who are believed to have a good relationship with Al-Qadi. Claiming that he has no connection with any terror network, Al-Qadi displayed the UNSC verdict to show that he was innocent of all charges. He added that he would start legal procedures against those who made the allegations against him.
Stating that he currently has no cases against him, he pointed out that as of 2007 Swiss, British, US and EU courts had all proved his innocence in the past.
Turkey has seen a string of operations up and down the country since December 17, targeting individuals and organizations on charges of corruption and terrorism.Last Mod: 18 Ocak 2014, 13:21