On Friday, the public prosecutor's office started investigating corruption allegations concerning Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul Deputy Gamze Akkuş İlgezdi and Istanbul Ataşehir District Mayor Battal İlgezdi.
Reportedly, officers from the anti-financial crimes branch bureau of İstanbul submitted the required documents to the prosecutor's office after receiving those documents from the Ataşehir mayorship.
Previously, on July 13, CHP Istanbul Provincial Chairman Murat Karayalçın applied to the public prosecutor's office on Istanbul's Asian side for a detailed investigation recently covered by the press.
In the nine-page petition given to the prosecutor's office, the couple asked for a detailed investigation regarding the allegations and asked for a public lawsuit to be launched if the allegations are proved false.
The document states: "We demand an investigation due to several reports issued by some media outlets in the last few days that claim that Battal İlgezdi and his spouse and children illegally acquired property and prospered unjustly."
The İlgezdi couple is accused of purchasing 15 very expensive flats in two Istanbul residences not affordable according to their financial means. The incident is also being covered in the press, known as "BuzGate," referring to the name of one of the projects.
Zeynep Kılıçdaroğlu, daughter of CHP party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, also bought a flat in the same skyscraper. CHP sources stated that chairman Kılıçdaroğlu is expected to make a similar move concerning an investigation of the purchase.
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