The parliamentary inquiry investigating these accusations has a judicial character and is binding just as much as a court decree, Canilkli told The Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.
Canikli said that the ruling Justice and Development Party, not the opposition parties, asked for the establishment of a parliamentary investigation on the alleged graft cases against the four ex-ministers. The opposition preferred to just criticize and to pretend that everything claimed in the media was fact, instead of taking the proper route of requesting a parliamentary probe into the accusations, he added.
"Even after the commission was set up, the opposition could not find members to assign to the commission who had not yet stated their position on the subject. It cannot be expected that someone who has made his decision public in advance will judge impartially and try to ascertain the truth." Canikli said.
The difficulty in finding members of the opposition who had not yet declared their position against the former ministers was the main reason for the delay in the establishment of the commission, Canikli added.
"In this context, a parliamentary commission is established to execute a judicial function, and to take on the role of the prosecutor just as in a court trial. The opposition made no such request. Once more the Justice and Development Party has taken initiative," Canikli said.
"The commission fulfilled the judiciary function completely, and decided the issue," Canikli said. "This decision is legal and binding for everyone. "
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier said that the cost of the corruption probe was $120 billion. Canilkli said that this amount may be even larger with increasing interest rates, capital outflow and the decline in value of the Turkish lira.
"The Gezi protests and coup attempts on Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 gravely affected the Turkish economy inside and outside of Turkey," Canikli said.
Those events were effectively used in global media to provide disinformation about Turkey, Canikli said. The perception of Turkey in the world was significantly affected by this info pollution deliberately spread by news sources.