Turkish PM's office says Erdogan recordings are fake
Published on Feb 25, 2014 6:16 PM
ANKARA (REUTERS) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office described as a dirty immoral fabrication voice recordings purporting to reveal Mr Erdogan telling his son to dispose of large sums of money on the day police raided houses in a graft inquiry into his government.
The recording posted on YouTube, whose authenticity Reuters could not verify, marked a sharp escalation in a graft crisis Erdogan's government says has been concocted by a US-based cleric seeking to undermine his 11-year rule by using influence in the police and judiciary.
The growing political uncertainty hit Turkish markets amid broader weakness in emerging markets.
They appear a day after Mr Erdogan aides said thousands of people, including senior politicians, had had their telephones illegally tapped over three years with the aim to blackmail and fabricate criminal cases.
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