Italian PM Renzi: ‘Italian judges do not answer to Erdogan’. (Euractiv).
The reply of the Prime Minister Renzi: "The judges respond to the Italian Constitution and not to the president turkish. We call this" rule of law "system, and we are proud of."(Tweet below).
Rome and Ankara bickered yesterday (2 August) over an Italian investigation into accusations that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal laundered money.In questo Paese i giudici rispondono alle leggi e alla Costituzione italiana, non al presidente turco. Si chiama "stato di diritto" #Italia— Matteo Renzi (@matteorenzi) August 2, 2016
In an interview with Rainews24 TV, Erdoğan stressed that his son Bilal could not return to Italy for studies due to a money-laundering probe by prosecutors in the northern city of Bologna, where Bilal had been studying. Erdoğan warned that this could affect bilateral relations.
“If my son came back to Italy at this moment, he could be arrested”, Turkish President stressed, adding that “this could even cause problems for our relationship with Italy”.
Bilal, 35, went to Italy in 2015 to finish a doctorate. According to Reuters, it was not clear when he left, but a legal source said he had been back in Turkey for some time. He denies wrongdoing.
Erdogan also urged Italian judges to focus on the mafia and not his son, triggering the strong reaction of the Italian premier.
The money laundering investigation followed accusations by Murat Hakan Uzan, an exiled member of one of Turkey’s richest families and an opponent of the president, a legal source said.
Italian press reported prosecutors were looking into sums of money allegedly brought to Italy from Turkey. In July, a Bologna court allowed them to extend their investigation by six months.
Bilal’s lawyer Giovanni Trombini said his client declared that “all his economic and financial activity is totally transparent and legal, and the accusations are completely unfounded”.
Bilal, one of the Turkish president’s four children, has shipping and maritime assets and controls several oil tankers through his company and partnerships in other firms.
The vice-president of the Supreme Judicial Council John Legnini :" the attack on Italian judiciary by the Turkish President is serious and unacceptable. Judges and Italians fight daily against the Mafia with investigations and trials, risking their lives and achieving extraordinary results. Rather it is Turkey which must give the international community a guarantee of compliance with the principles of autonomy and independence of the judiciary, indispensable for our country and for any democratic country, giving answers on the extremely serious dismissals and arrests of thousands of judges that the plenum of the CSM has firmly and promptly condemned, along with the network of European higher (ENCJ) and the recommendations of the Supreme Courts of the EU presidents. " Hmmm.......Great way to counter his refugee 'blackmail'.