Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Turkey - Purchase of US planes by Ankara mayor owned company suspended after found to be suspicious.
Turkey - Purchase of US planes by Ankara mayor owned company suspended after found to be suspicious. (TZ).
A local public company ordered seven planes from a US aircraft company but the delivery was suspended after suspicions emerged over the purchase, Republican People's Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Gürsel Tekin has said.
In a written statement on Monday, Tekin said Belko Air, an affiliate of the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, had ordered seven planes from the Cessna Aircraft Company but the purchase was suspended after the Turkish Foreign Ministry and security institutions found it suspicious.
Tekin said Belko officials demanded that Cessna not list the company's name on its invoice.
Belko suggested the US company prepare the invoice in such a way that showed the seven planes purchased by a US citizen and leased to Belko, according to Tekin. Cessna found the request of the Turkish company suspicious and contacted the US Embassy in Ankara to ask its opinion about the purchase, said Tekin.
The purchase of the planes was suspended after the issue was communicated to the Turkish Foreign Ministry and security institutions, who are currently examining the suspicious purchase.
Tekin also said Belko demanded Cessna increase the range of the planes by adding more fuel capacity and improving their landing gears.
In the statement, Tekin said he has submitted a parliamentary inquiry asking Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to explain the suspicious purchase. “What purposes will the planes will be used for? Why were [the planes] asked to be modified? ... Why did Cessna officials asked information from the Foreign Ministry and security institutions?” asked Tekin.
The chairman of Belko Air is Ankara mayor and AKP member Melih_Gökçek