ANKARA: A new audio recording purported to be Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son, Bilal Erdoğan, discussing the purchase of several islands in the Aegean Sea off Çanakkale for $35 million has been posted on YouTube by Twitter account holder Haramzadeler.
According to the recording, Bilal allegedly planned to buy four islands, located between Gökçeada and Bozcaada, for the purpose of later selling them to a Qatari company for the construction of wind power plants. In one of the conversations, Bilal is heard talking to a person, whose name in a text accompanying the clip is said to be Ahmet Murat Yelkenciler, his former schoolmate, asking him to check the prices of the islands, Today’s Zaman reported on Saturday.
One of the islands is relatively bigger than the others at 900,000 square meters while the other three are about 50,000 square meters each, Yelkenciler told Bilal. These islands have a zoning scheme defined only for tourism investments on 45 percent of their total spatial areas. Yelkenciler informed Bilal that the value of the islands will be around $35 million in total, $15 million to be paid in advance with the rest in installments.