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19 Mar 2014

Auteur:
AFP

Turkish Airlines allegedly ships arms to Nigeria, tape reveals

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...