The Bribery: The Case of Remzi Gür
Remzi Gür, the chef of the Ramsey Holding, British and Turkish passport holder, is a popular figure in Turkish politics. He is known to be a close friend of PM Erdogan, and single-handedly took the financing of Mr. Erdogan’s daughter’s education in the Unites States. Furthermore, as Zamann Online puts it “Didem Yurter, the sister-in-law of Babacan, is married to Ömer Gür, the son of Remzi Gür, who is a businessman with close ties to the AK Party and the owner of clothing company Ramsey” (1).
Though the mainstream media silences about the topic, Mr. Remzi Gür was found guilt of attempting bribery and sentenced to 10 months in prison. Gür’s execution was later postponed by the court. . According to the Court reports, before the Presidential elections of 2007, Mr. Remzi Gür approached the by then RPP Kastamonu MP Mehmet Yildirim and offered him bribery in case he changes his mind during the voting at the Parliament and take sides with the AKP or even join the AKP. Later because of his refusal, Mr. Yildirim had to fight heavily in Kastamonu and was not re-elected.
This incident illustrates one dark side of the Turkish politics, Vote-buying, and other corrupt actions. This is one of the main reasons of the deficit in Turkish politics. Blaming the military and the so-called Kemalists is one thing, but not cleaning his/her own house is another thing. both sides are the very reasons of the predicament. And these are just the tip of the Ice Berg. These are Turkey’s reality. Corruption in Parliament, is just the tip, there is a wide spread corruption, and the idea of corruption as normality, as an inter-subjective consensual topic is the very problem. Of course the society reflects its self to its Parliament, and to its members of parliament. Remzi Gür is just one example.
I am happy that I do not have bribery-masters as best friends around me, and I am happy that none such character has ever financed one penny to my education… Alas, some do not think so. As Mr. Erdogan lately quoted from the Holy Book “They have eyes, they do not see, they have ears they do not hear, they have tongs they do not talk”. Us and them, mixed into one.