World Bulletin / News Desk
The sons of Ülkü Adatepe -- the adopted daughter of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -- have brought a lawsuit to demand that the Republican People's Party (CHP) and Turkey's largest bank, İş Bankası, deliver their grandfather's inheritance to them.
Ahmet Kemal Doğançay and Ali Kemal Doğançay -- the sons of Adatepe, who was killed in a traffic accident last year in İstanbul -- asked in a petition they submitted to the İstanbul 4th Court of First Instance to determine the amount of damages to be paid to their mother because of her right of inheritance. The Doğançay brothers said six people, including their mother, were supposed to be paid TL 200 monthly at the time but that Adatepe received TL 5,500 on Aug. 1, 2006, and later TL 10,000 and TL 15,000 as interest payments -- amounts that the Doğançays deem very low compared to the economic growth of the bank over the time. In the petition, they claim that the CHP and İş Bankası are deceiving the authorities about Atatürk's will.
Last month the Doğançay brothers sent notarized letters to the CHP and İş Bankası, in which they stated that their mother's rights were violated.
Making a press statement in front of the İstanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan on Monday, Ahmet Kemal Doğançay argued that their rights have long been abused. Regarding the responses of the CHP and İş Bankası to their letter, Doğançay said İş Bankası did not take any responsibility regarding the issue, implying that the Doğançays should discuss this matter with the CHP. However, İş Bankası did sat this was not their concern.
In the notarized letters, the Doğançay brothers asked the CHP and İş Bankası to pay them TL 1,778,000 as Adatepe's share of Atatürk's inheritance.
Atatürk's adopted daughter, Adatepe, died in a car accident on Aug. 1, 2012, in Akyazı, east of İstanbul, along the TEM highway. She died at the scene of the accident. She was 79.
İş Bankası was established by Celal Bayar on Atatürk's orders in 1924. Atatürk gave TL 250,000 of the total TL 1 million in capital that founded the bank. Before he passed away, he left his property to the CHP, including his shares in the bank. The CHP and İş Bankası now act as business partners.Last Mod: 19 Şubat 2013, 17:56