German Islamic charity scam under investigation

6th November 2008, Comments 0 comments

A Turkish prosecutor is to investigate the links between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and an Islamic charity involved with stolen funds from donations amounting to 14.5 million euros.

Ankara -- Turkey's chief prosecutor launched an investigation on Wednesday to discover whether the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had any links to a scandal in Germany where an Islamic charity that had stolen from financial donations, CNN-Turk television reported.

A court in Frankfurt jailed three managers in Sept. of the Deniz Feneri (Lighthouse) charity after discovering that parts of donations worth some 14.5 million euros (18.5 million dollars), given by German Turks, were taken into private companies.

Several people with close ties to AKP, including the head of Turkey's media watchdog, were implicated in the scandal.

If prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya finds that AKP itself received any of the stolen funds, then he could launch a case to have the party closed down by the Constitutional Court, CNN-Turk reported.

In July the court found the AKP guilty of anti-secular activities but issued fines against the party instead of ordering it to close.


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