When asked about the Star's report, Bal's assistant told Daily Sabah that the allegations against him are not true. "Mr. Bal had a meeting with the NGO but only repeated what he was saying publicly. The claim over Erdoğan's assassination by foreign powers is a complete lie," he said. Later in the day, Bal held a press conference in Parliament where he tore apart the Wednesday edition of the Star daily and said he does not know Aşgın.
Ali Ünal contributed to this report