Published On: Sat, Jan 25th, 2014

Erdogan client of the law firm that produced “Syria Torture Photos”

Syrian negotiators at the Geneva-2 conference claim that the torture pictures disclosed two days before the conference are faked. A spokesman for Turkey’s largest opposition party (CHP) states, that the law office, which presented the pictures also represents Turkey’s Prime Minister, R. Tayyip Erdoğan.

AD : Syrian negotiators at Geneva-2 told the Turkish Aydinlik newspaper, that they take the pictures which were released 3 days ago seriously, and that they have demanded a close examination of their authenticity. The pictures in question evoke the fact that the former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, had turned similar faked pictures of weapons of mass destruction over to the UN before the invasion of Iraq.

curveball_iraq_photosMeanwhile, the spokesman of Turkey’s main opposition party CHP, Haluk Koç held a press conference, claiming that PM Erdoğan is a client of the same law firm which disclosed the torture pictures.

The London-based law firm Carter-Ruck is the source of the questionable report on Syria. The fact that the State of Qatar, along with a number of Qatar-centered companies is its major client of the law firm has attracted a great deal of attention to the profile and history Carter-Ruck.

CHP’s spokesman Koç held a press conference about the issue and raised concerns over the fact that Turkey’s Prime Minister, R. Tayyip Erdoğan is among the law firm’s top clients. In 2011 Carter-Ruck represented Erdoğan who had sued the British Daily Telegraph newspaper for libel.

The British high court ruled that the newspaper had made groundless and inaccurate allegations and fined Daily Telegraph to pay £25,000 to Erdoğan. At the press conference, Koç said:

“Both those who tortured and who support the civil war will be held accountable before history. Unfortunately, Turkey is also going to have its share from this responsibility.”

cnn_SYRIA_TORTUREKoç continued his speech, calling attention to the fact that the torture images from Syria were disclosed by CNN International and the Guardian, claiming that the evidence in the report prepared by Carter-Ruck came from a military policeman known only as ‘Caesar’. The CHP spokesman asked:

“Does PM Erdoğan have any kind of relationship with the law firm called Carter Ruck? Has he ever contacted  this London-based law firm before as a client? On 15 September 2010, the British Daily Telegraph wrote, ‘Iran gave 25 million dollars to AKP’. The Prime Minister responded harshly… A law firm sent a letter to the editor, demanding that the newspaper apologize to PM Erdoğan. A lawyer of the  firm which released the pictures, Cameron Dolay, has a short statement on the website of Carter Ruck. After that, the newspaper apologized for misinforming the public in 2011. … Who applied to this firm as a client? PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Yasin Qadı, Yusuf al-Qaradawi and some other people connected with al-Qaeda. . … Enlighten the public about who these other people are as clients of this firm. .. Erdoğan has to justify how he formed a mutual client relationship in this firm in London, with Yusuf al-Qaradawi and other al-Qaeda affiliated people”.

The British The Guardian newspaper reported on 16 October 2013, that a group of Saudi businessmen pressed defamation charges newspapers, which they claimed presented them as being al-Qaeda affiliates.

Those businessmen were Khalid Bin Mahfouz, the founder of the National Commercial Bank in Saudi Arabia and his son Abdurrahman, Rashid al-Ghannushi the leader of Ennahda Movement in Tuniia, and Yasin al-Qadi.

This group came together and sued newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal Europe, the British Sunday Times and others. One of the law firms representing these Saudi businessmen was none other than Carter-Ruck.

Another of the clients of Carter Ruck was the International Islamic Relief Organization (IHH), an Islamic NGO which has also been accused of ties to al-Qaeda.

Aydinlik DailyEdt. Ch/L – nsnbc 25.01.2014

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