ANKARA - TDN Parliament Bureau
Parliament said yesterday that it is not authorized to reveal the list of assets owned by Şaban Dişli, deputy leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP.
Last week the Republican People's Party's, or CHP, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu accused Dişli of making a business deal in return for $1 million, defining it as a bribe. Kılıçdaroğlu had called for Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan to reveal Dişli's assets.
Officials at Parliament said in a written statement yesterday that deputies have to reveal their own assets in accordance with Article 71 of the Constitution and that it was not legal for Parliament to provide information about the content of the assets owned by the deputies.
�Parliament has no right to make a statement on the content of the assets declared by the deputies except for officials who are obliged to carry out an investigation and prosecution in line with Article 15 of the law on the declaration of lists of assets by the Council Cabinet,� said the statement.
�Parliament is thus not authorized to reveal the assets of the deputy in question in a legal sense.�