Bilal Erdogan Accused Of Money Laundering In Italy

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Regular readers are no doubt familiar with Bilal Erdogan.

Bilal is the son of Turkish dictator President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is on the verge of kicking off World War III by invading Syria in what is sure to be an ill-fated effort to shore up rebel forces and preserve the Azaz corridor, the last remaining supply line for the opposition which is staging what amounts to a last stand at Aleppo.

Erdogan’s family was put under the microscope by the Russian defense ministry in the wake of Ankara’s decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 on the Syrian border in late November. "What a brilliant family business!," Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoly Antonov remarked, at a press briefing documenting Turkey's connection to Islamic State's illicit oil trafficking operation. 

For those who might have missed the backstory, you're encouraged to read the following articles in their entirety:

Put simply, there are any number of reasons to believe that AKP and the Erdogan family are complicit in the sale of illicit crude not only from Massoud Barzani and the Iraqi Kurds, but from Islamic State as well. 

ISIS oil and Erbil's crude are both technically "undocumented" and considering that "the terrorists" are only producing around 45,000 b/d versus the 630,000 b/d the Iraqi Kurds are churning out, it's easy for Islamic State's product to get "lost" or to disappear as a rounding error, as it were. 

Some say Bilal Erdogan is directly involved in getting ISIS crude to market via the Turkish port of Ceyhan, where tanker rates mysteriously spike around siginificant oil-related events involving Islamic State. 

Bilal owns a Maltese shipping company which is almost certainly involved in the transport of stolen (and yes, regardless of whether the Iraqi Kurds' claims to statehood are legitimate, they are for the time being anyway, stealing oil form Baghdad) Iraqi oil to global markets. The question is whether the same connections and routes used to transport Barzani's oil are being used to transport Islamic State's product. 

We won't recount the whole story here as you can read the entire account in the articles linked above, but we were amused to discover that Bilal Erdogan is now being investigated by Italian authorities for money laundering. "Prosecutors in Bologna have opened an investigation into the financial dealings of Bilal Erdogan, 35, who is currently living in the city with his family while he studies for a doctorate at an offshoot of Johns Hopkins University," The Telegraph reports, adding that "the investigation was opened after Murat Hakan Uzan, a businessman and political opponent of the Erdogan family, made the allegations about money laundering to the Italian authorities." Here's more:

Mr Uzan, who is in exile in France and claims to have been persecuted by the Erdogan regime, claimed that Bilal Erdogan was stockpiling money in Italy because he saw the country as a potential bolt-hole should he face problems at home.

Mr Uzan, a wealthy businessman, filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors in Bologna, accusing the president’s son of contravening Italy’s financial laws by bringing in huge amounts of money without declaring it to the authorities.


The claims of money laundering are being investigated by Manuela Cavallo, Bologna’s chief public prosecutor. Calls to her office were not answered.


Wiretapped telephone conversations were leaked in which two people alleged to be President Erdogan and his son were heard discussing how to dispose of large sums of cash.


The conversations allegedly took place in December 2013, on the day that sons of three Cabinet ministers were detained as part of a vast corruption investigation.


The Turkish government insisted they were fabricated. Both the president and his son denied any wrongdoing.


Bilal, who is one of President Erdogan’s four children, has commercial interests in shipping and oil tankers.


In December Russia accused him and his family of profiting from the illegal smuggling of oil from territory held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Bilal's attorneys aren't prepared to comment. "I have nothing to say," Giovanni Trombini , one of Bilal's lawyers said. "Trials should be held in court, not in the press.


But this is the court of public opinion and we implore readers to render their judgement below. Just beware the wrath of Bilal's bow...

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Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:03 | 7205419 JustObserving
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Criminals will be criminals.

His father is a war criminal.

No major US media is carrying this story.

Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President


Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:04 | 7205438 Boris Alatovkrap
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"Money Launder" is what? Is just way for out-of-favor power to work around in-favor political power that is equally corrupt. If you are still buy "War on Terror" or whatever is current "War on cause-de-jour", maybe you are deserve serfdom.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:09 | 7205458 knukles
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Testifying on his behalf, President Erdgan invoked the Schultz defense: "I zee nussing!"

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:10 | 7205464 Mr. Universe
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Let loose the hounds!

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:42 | 7205789 Lynx Dogood
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Can we make him the first banker to have his neck stretched? Public please...

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:46 | 7207282 enigel
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This family that is running Turkey right now just reminds me of the Muawiyah family which established the Umayyad caliphate which didn't end up so good for them.I guess Erdogan should have a read about the history of Islam because so far he is repeating the same mistakes.



Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:00 | 7205422 nmewn
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Clearly more evidence elites should be banned the use of cash ;-)

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:11 | 7205470 knukles
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That's right!  Get rid of cash and this shit can't happen
Unless of course the folks at the NSA get their taste. 
Nice .... Give'em some ideas, Knuks  (As if that thought was new)

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:31 | 7205547 Mr. Universe
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Are we having fun yet?

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:05 | 7205429 Insurrexion
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There goes the fucking NATO alliance.

One of my girls in Italy says Bilal Erdogan has a small boy Bologna.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:12 | 7205476 knukles
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That's a lotta Bologna

 sorry, I couldn't resist

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:15 | 7205489 Supafly
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I'd like to slap a turtleneck on him.  It would look like a busted condom.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:45 | 7205601 TeamDepends
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The guy behind him with the golden dildo hat is pretty classic.

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 11:27 | 7211231 J Jason Djfmam
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Why name your son Bologna?

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:05 | 7205445 izzee
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But banning the 500Euro note will put a stop the that.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:14 | 7205486 logicalman
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Based on that photograph I would doubt he is serious about archery.


Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:29 | 7205743 popeye
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My thoughts exactly. Drawing the bowstring like that, there can't be much draw-weight. He's got no idea. 15m+ away you could catch anything he fires your way.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:16 | 7205493 bluez
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Speaking of the Erdogan Follies, you folks have seen this right?:

RT News -- Dozens of Turkish military vehicles cross Syria border, dig trenches -- Feb 18, 2016, 9:27PM

Turkish military vehicles have crossed into a Kurdistani area in Syria, Afrin, just over the border, a Kurdish news agency reported adding that the troops started to dig a trench near Meidan Ekbis, a town in Aleppo province.

Dozens of Turkish military vehicles advanced 200 meters into the Syrian Kurdish region in Aleppo province on Thursday, ANHA news agency reported.

It added that the troops started digging a trench between the towns of Sorka and Meydan Ekbis. According to the agency the construction of a concrete wall on the Syrian border in the area is ongoing as well.

The agency posted photos of ongoing operations on its website.

Also this:

RT News -- Turkey blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara blast, they deny responsibility, point to ISIS -- Feb. 18, 9:07PM

But the Turkeys are also blaming Syria "directly", somehow.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:33 | 7205556 Mr. Universe
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Turkey is just dying to get basted by Russia isn't it?

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:44 | 7205598 Hard Assets
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Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:01 | 7205652 Ms No
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The good thing about aggressors invading another nation and digging trenches is that it makes their mass burial much easier.  Just get a dozer out and a couple of hours later the job is done. 

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 04:25 | 7206292 oncemore
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to dig trenches was very popular 100 years ago, during the WWI.

Won't save them anyhow, should Russia drop some tactical nukes on them.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:18 | 7205501 NoWayJose
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I will believe it when they arrest him.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:55 | 7205548 me or you
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Meanwhile Russia-Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 arriving in Syria right now.


UPDATE: 9:50pm Eastern Time.

> Tupolev Tu-154 leaving Syria.
....ADS-B transponder off at 9:53pm E.

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 01:34 | 7205557 snowman23
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All that dough and he can't afford a decent antiperspirant?

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:35 | 7205563 Rehab Willie
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Bilal's death will be the archduke  moment.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:38 | 7205567 Cheka_Mate
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I'd take Putin over this needle dick in a feat of strength any day of the week.

At least have the decency to not show up at a photo op wearing a button down oxford shirt with visible pit stains to "inspire confidience/strike fear"

Putin puts in the effort to discover ancient Greek urns during a casual scuba diving photo-op.

Shock and Awe Bitches, coming to a Middle Eastern theater of war near you

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 04:55 | 7206325 Lore
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We should probably concern ourselves more with what's going on in their respective minds. Daddy Erdogan strikes me as an outright wingnut.  If Bilal is his father's son, then it's just a matter of time before he trips over his own childish ego.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:40 | 7205583 Hard Assets
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Well holy sheepshit !!

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun"

Wayne Lapierre, NRA  (shortly after Newtown)

P.S. I have often thought, Wayne, that is probably true as a bottomline. However, there's a PREVENTION element to the story. Perhaps the 'bad guy' shouldn't have a gun.


If we can be so lucky, maybe Erdogan is being reeled in. 

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:42 | 7205790 Golden Showers
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Man, I remember when Dick Cheney could shoot this mother fucker in the face and call it a hunting accident.

What season is this?

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 02:26 | 7206183 zhandax
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"Perhaps the 'bad guy' shouldn't have a gun."

You mean like maybe his girlfriend should have poisoned his cornflakes for fucking her over?

Careful with that line of thinking.

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 11:28 | 7211233 J Jason Djfmam
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Shotgun Bukakke.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:41 | 7205587 Yen Cross
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      I'd like to slam that smug little fucker over the head, with a rubber mallet.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:46 | 7205809 Lynx Dogood
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Use Steel please. I would not like you to be hit by a ricochet. We do have to have some safety awareness....

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 01:09 | 7206020 Yen Cross
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Fri, 02/19/2016 - 01:20 | 7206054 Ms No
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Well shit, since we are debating safety... there are issues with steel hammers especially sledge hammers, at least when hitting another hard surface.  What happens is they begin to mushroom and eventually a splinter chunk will come off and hit the individual using it in the face, which is nearly the equivalent to being shot.  Safety glasses are of no use in this circumstance. 

They now make them with plastic coatings.  So for accuracy I think that's your best bet.  Also always use safety glasses when operating a wood chipper because bone fragments are sharp.  Carry on..

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 02:35 | 7206192 zhandax
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People aren't that hard.  When I missed the target and slammed my thumb with a 5lb sledge, it didn't hurt my hammer a bit.  Great tip on the chipper, though.

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 04:05 | 7206282 Ms No
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People aren't hard enough to cause a ricochet either but I don't think we can be positive that these are people so maybe its best that we just go with long distance flame throwers, leather gear and protective hood.  The last thing you want is to end up like a legless leper by trying to protect the planet from the dark side. 

Safety first

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 04:43 | 7206310 zhandax
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Oh, they are people alright.  When swinging from a lamp post, everyone in there leaves. 

Safety first

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:43 | 7205595 Ides of November
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Did I just read the UK Telegraph excerpt there referring to the Government in Turkey as the 'Erdogan Regime'?

That is certainly a start whine the UK establishment press starts using words like that.

You've outlived your usefulness chump.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:48 | 7205603 Lumberjack
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According to several sources, Bilal left Turkey for Italy last September before his father won the elections fraudulently in November. The claim is that he is finishing his PhD at John Hopkins University in Italy. He has 2 years to do that and does not need to be at the University to do his thesis. Prior to leaving, an audio recording of him and his father was posted on You Tube and the conversation pertained to Bilal transferring very large amounts of money out of Turkey. It is also understood that he had his family with him and it appears that other relatives may have joined them. 



Thu, 02/18/2016 - 22:47 | 7205604 Lumberjack
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President Erdo?an’s son has settled in Italy with his family


President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's younger son Bilal Erdo?an, who was one of the prime suspects in Turkey's largest corruption case ever which was revealed on Dec. 17-25, 2013, has settled in the city of Bologna in Italy, along with his wife and children following the June 7 parliamentary election in which the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) that President Erdo?an founded lost its majority in Parliament, a Turkish daily has reported.

According to the Cumhuriyet daily, Erdo?an's son moved to Italy following the election to continue his Ph.D. education at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, where he suspended study years ago, and has enrolled his children in a school there. Bilal Erdo?an also reportedly asked for security guards from the Italian government.

Citing confidential sources, the newspaper said Bilal Erdo?an made the decision to leave the country and register in the school that he started in 2007 following the June election after the AK Party failed to secure enough seats in Parliament to form a single-party government. The result also undermined Erdo?an's goal of gaining 400 AK Party deputies in Parliament and switch the country to a presidential system that would increase his powers.

An official from the school's administration refused to answer Cumhuriyet's questions, saying it cannot disclose information about its students. However, Cumhuriyet says Bilal Erdo?an has already completed his courses for the Ph.D. and is only required to write his thesis, a process which does not require him to be at the school permanently but still enables him to secure residential permission for two years.

On Sunday night, Twitter whistleblower Fuat Avni's claimed that Bilal Erdo?an went to Italy on Sept. 27 with large sums of money. Pro-government media outlets have confirmed the whistleblower's allegations; however, it is claimed that he is there because of his Ph.D.

Saying Bilal flew to Italy on Sept. 27 and the plan is for him to remain there for a while and possibly bring some family members over at a later time, Fuat Avni wrote: “They are planning to keep Bilal in Italy until the [Nov. 1] election. They will determine whether he will be coming back according to the situation after the election.”

Claiming that there is a plan in place for President Erdo?an and his family to escape if necessary after Nov. 1, the whistleblower also said Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlio?lu is organizing the plan.

Fuat Avni also tweeted on Monday that after Erdo?an's possible flight from the country was revealed, the presidential palace was concerned on Monday morning and there were fears the revelation would “cause resentment in the bureaucracy.” The whistleblower also claims other people are being used by President Erdo?an to manage his money secretly and are being sent abroad.




Fri, 02/19/2016 - 15:10 | 7208209 Hope Copy
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Oh, this reminds me of Richard the Lionhheart.. He got stuck in Europe for 11 years.. until there was a big payoff.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:04 | 7205664 Lumberjack
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Here is his resume and current address:





Via Belmeloro 11, Bologna, 40126 Italy




Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:45 | 7205791 The_Prisoner
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Nice digging, but that's the address of the university campus.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:12 | 7205691 Ms No
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Let me guess, this guy hangs out with Hunter Biden.  This psychopath Oligarch puppet looks like a sallow pedophile version of George Costanza.  Everything about this guy is just creepy.  Humanity really screwed up somewhere.  Will somebody tell Longshanks to throw this guy out the window? 

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:41 | 7205784 Spetzco
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Called him.   We're doing lunch next Tuesday.   I'll let you know what I find out.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 23:54 | 7205836 Volkodav
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droopy arrow

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 00:12 | 7205886 onmail1
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euroPeons were pirates
euroPeons are pirates
euroPeons will remain pirates

hah ha may be erDOGan family should start paying
election funding money to USA politicians
then they will be outta all the trouble

keep the Pirate Chief happy

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 00:27 | 7205918 dirty belly
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As noted previously,

Turkish dictator President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

I had speculated,

Is backed into a corner.

And Erdogan, being in a

Tight spot,

For all practical purposes,

Will just wind up just

'Hanging himself'.

Then I 'visualized'

Recep, in the end,


Hanging himself.

Figure of speech or not,

Recep's 'noose' is tightening.

For some reason,

I can 'see' all that happening.

I have a feeling, it will not be just

The 'war' in Syria,

There is something of 'great' interest

besides the 'oil excuse'

Beneath Syria.

Something that has been

Fought over for centuries,

Long before 'oil' was of any interest.

All the world's so called

'Leaders / Dictators'

Have lusted for this

'Power' anomaly,

And some driven to

Insanity in their quest for this

'Anomaly Beneath Syria.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Clearly is in 'insane' mode,

As he sees his chances for

Obtaining such 'power'

Scrambled, uncovered, thwarted,

The more 'insanely desperate'

Recep Tayyip Erdogan


Soon, there will be

No Way Out, for

Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Start the scrips, because this

Movie will be white knuckle to the


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