ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
A senior member of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, broke his silence following a week of opposition accusations of corruption.
�I did not speak with anybody about the change in construction plan in Silivri,� said Şaban Dişli, deputy leader of the AKP. Last week the Republican People's Party's, or CHP, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu called for Dişli's resignation, accusing him of making a business deal in return for $1 million. In the same week Kılıçdaroğlu also claimed that Dişli and his cousin exploited Treasury land in the northwestern town of Sakarya for business purposes.
�The document appeared in the press shows I helped my old business partner in loan procurement. This is not a document of bribery,� Dişli said in his own defense, appearing in front of cameras days after the allegations.
�I graduated from the Middle East Technical University and did my master's degree in the United States. I've worked as a high-level manager for a long time in the private sector and provided food and bread for hundreds of people in the companies that I set up as one of the partners,� he said.
Dişli claimed he never made his living by illegitimate means. �I am an honorable man in this society. The business world closely knows me. The business I do is open. I don't hide anything.�
Meanwhile, the CHP's Kılıçdaroğlu called on Dişli to engage in a battle of words on a live television program.