Cyprus Mail

Call for resignations in north amid corruption claims

Tymbou airport

Two parties have called for the resignation of a Turkish Cypriot official responsible for transportation after claims that he forced a company to pay some $225,000 per month for the inspection of construction work at Tymbou (Ercan) airport, which could have been conducted for free, media reports in the north said.

YDP and HP demanded the resignation of then ‘transport minister’ Tahsin Ertugruloglou, now serving as ‘foreign minister’, after the owner of Tas Yapi, Emrullah Turanli, charged that he had used threats to force him to pay the cost of the inspections assigned to a Turkish company for $11m.

Turkish Cypriot media said Ertugruloglu chose two inspection companies from Turkey without going through a tender process.

The Turkish Cypriot ombudsman said the act was unlawful and that Turkey had already provided inspectors to do the job free of charge.

The ombudsman said the job had been given to Diamond Green Administration and Consultant Services Ltd and APCO Technical Consultants in 2015, after a decision by the Turkish Cypriot administration. The two companies would get a total of $11m to be paid in 50 monthly instalments.

According to the reports, one of the inspection companies in question was owned by a businessman who was a friend of Bilal Erdogan, the son of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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