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Turkish Premier to sue American diplomats

13:37, 02.12.2010 Region: World News, Turkey Theme: Politics

Turkey’s ruling party, Justice and Development Party (JDP), led by Premier Recep Erdogan, has decided to sue the American diplomats involved in the correspondence published by WikiLeaks. The charge is insult and libel against Turkish politicians, RIA Novosti reports, referring to Turkish media.

Specifically, about 8,000 of over 250,000 files deal with Turkey.

The Turkish Premier adversely responded to American diplomats’ claims that he has eight accounts at Swiss banks. Erdogan stated that he has not a single cent at Swiss banks and urged the U.S. authorities to hold the diplomats responsible and suggest Turkey’s ruling party intends to sue them.

At its sitting the JDP Executive Board, following Recep Erdogan’s instruction, decided file suits against American diplomats and claim financial compensations from them for insulting Turkish officials. Specifically, the party plans to sue former US Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman, who, in one of his messages, claimed Erdogan had bank accounts in Switzerland, Hurriyet reported on Thursday.

Habert Turk reports that all the JDP members involved in the diplomatic correspondence plan to file lawsuits after WikiLeaks has published all the documents.

Sabah reports that Ankara is considering a number of options. Claims may be lodged with local courts in the U.S. as well as with the World Court in the Hague. reminds readers that WikiLeaks published secret correspondence between U.S. diplomats and the U.S. Department of State.

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