Turkish Airlines alleged to have shipped arms to Nigeria, tape reveals

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19 March 2014

Turkish Airlines allegedly ships arms to Nigeria, tape reveals

Author: AFP

Turkish Airlines allegedly shipped weapons to unknown groups in Nigeria, which has been ravaged by violence between the army and Boko Haram militants, a[n]...incriminating phone call [has] revealed...In a tape posted on YouTube, Mehmet Karatas, an assistant executive of the airline, allegedly tells Mustafa Varank, an advisor to [Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan]...that he feels guilty over [the] national flag carrier's arms shipment to Nigeria. "I do not know whether these (weapons) will kill Muslims or Christians. I feel sinful," Karatas is allegedly heard saying. The leaked call has the potential to harm the airline's image...which is 49 percent state-owned...The Turkish [prime minister]...has dismissed...the tapes as "vile" fakes...

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19 March 2014

Turkish Airlines refutes claims over arms shipments [Nigeria]

Author: Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)

Turkish Airlines has denied recent reports that it has been engaged in arms shipping...“No arms shipments from Turkey or another country have been conducted to the country which was named in the reports [Nigeria],” it said...“The shipments of weapons and military materials by Turkish Airlines are being properly conducted...according to principles defined by international law and International Air Transport Association (IATA),” the statement said...Turkish Airlines Cargo conducts shipments properly according to the rules of the countries of the senders and the recipients after taking security measures. “Turkish Airlines, in accordance with company policy, does not ship arms to countries where there is a lack of authority or an internal conflict, as well as to countries banned by the United Nations Security Council,” it said.

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