Turkish Family Minister hosts businessman charged with child sexual assault

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It has come to light that Turkish Family Minister Derya Yanık hosted an Ankara businessman at her office during a trial process against him on charges of sexually abusing a child, online news outlet Diken reported on April 7.

The information with regards to the businessman Sadullah Alagöz was revealed in a book by journalists Barış Pehlivan and Barış Terkoğlu. The journalists’ book “SS” was released on April 7 and is about Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. “If the mafia’s relations in politics were to be an encyclopedia, its first volume would surely tell about Süleyman Soylu. A lack is being completed. SS is in all bookstores on Friday,” Terkoğlu tweeted earlier this week.

The book also tells about the ties of businessman Alagöz to government figures. Alagöz previously applied to become a mayor and deputy candidate from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

According to the book, Alagöz is a suspect in an ongoing child sexual abuse case. Ankara Public Prosecutor Mahmut Nedim Başarangül took the testimony of the 17-year-old child on Nov. 1, 2022 and launched an investigation against Alagöz on “sexual abuse” and “depriving one of their liberty.” Although Alagöz denied the charges, the Forensic Medicine Institute’s Dec. 1, 2022-dated report identified prostate-specific antigen (PSA) on the child’s clothes, regarded as “important evidence in sexual abuse cases.”

Just a week before Alagöz gave his testimony as part of the investigation, he visited Ankara Chief Police Servet Yılmaz at his office and posted his pictures on Instagram.

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Despite the Family Ministry being involved in the sexual abuse case, Minister Yanık hosted Alagöz on Feb. 2 at her office. Alagöz later shared their photo on Instagram, thanking her “for her pleasant conversation and hospitability.”

Yanık responded to the questions with regards to Alagöz’s visit through a press advisory by merely saying: “I don’t know that person. He came with a delegation.”

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Source:Duvar English

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