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T/C leader faces bribery scandal involving former Turkish VP

Leaked audio and reports suggest a $50 million bribe tied to organized crime and political figures in the occupied territories

Yiannis Ioannou

Yiannis Ioannou

Reports and a leaked audio document are causing a stir in the Turkish Cypriot community, suggesting that Fuat Oktay, former Turkish vice-president handling the Cyprus file for Ankara, received a $50 million bribe from the late Turkish Cypriot businessman Khalil Faliyali in 2022. The Turkish Cypriot leader, Ersin Tatar, is alleged to have mediated this transaction.

According to the viral audio featuring Cemil Onal, a member of Faliyali's team, the former Turkish vice president received several payments totaling $50 million. The controversy dates back years before Tatar's leadership and is linked to organized crime, particularly the "Turkish Mafia," in the occupied territories. Faliyali, before his assassination, was reportedly financially supporting UBP circles and Tatar. His saga also involved leaked videos, leading to the resignation of former "Prime Minister" Ersan Saner.

The scandal has gained traction, with Tatar denying involvement and ordering a police investigation. Opposition parties in the occupied territories have targeted Tatar. Faliyali's name became prominent after his assassination, tied to revelations by Turkish mob boss Sedat Pequer, including a file with snapshots of influential figures in Turkey and the occupied territories.

Historically, Faliyali ran hotels and casinos in occupied Kyrenia, reportedly close to both the "Turkish Mafia" and the Turkish Cypriot Right Party (UBP).

[This article was translated from its Greek original and edited for conciseness]

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