Feb. 25 - Voice recordings surface purportedly of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan telling his son to get rid of money on the day of a graft investigation. Nathan Frandino reports.
In front of his cheering party members, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused political rivals of fabricating a telephone wiretap to smear him. The wiretap in question allegedly has Erdogan telling his son to get rid of large sums of money on the day news broke of a graft inquiry into his government. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "There are no allegations that I cannot answer. But neither members of the AK Party nor I will be lured by traps to change the agenda, and we will not surrender to this game. If we surrender to them and deal with their shameless montage and shameless traps, we cannot find time to serve our people." News of the recordings has bewildered the public. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, DOGAN SIMSEK, SAYING: "Turkey is a victim of internal payoff. That's what I believe. In terms of its authenticity, for me, everything seems to be true and I believe that Turkey is going towards an irreversible road." Some residents voiced doubt about the authenticity of the recordings. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) UNNAMED ISTANBUL RESIDENT SAYING: "I don't think these recordings are authentic. There is no evidence, no corroboration, nothing. People are blaming each other. Everybody creates gossip in this country." The main opposition party has already called for Erdogan's resignation. The embattled prime minister vowed to launch a legal investigation into the incident.