Treasury land transferred to military illegally, media says

Public lands allocated to the Defense Ministry and worth around 18 million Turkish Liras were illegally transferred to the Turkish Armed Forces Pension Fund (OYAK) without properly first informing the Finance Ministry, according to reports.

Public lands allocated to the Defense Ministry and worth around 18 million Turkish Liras were illegally transferred to the Turkish Armed Forces Pension Fund (OYAK) without properly first informing the Finance Ministry, according to reports.

The Istanbul Revenue Office filed a lawsuit in 2007, claiming that the lands in question were unlawfully taken over and utilized by OYAK to the detriment of the Treasury.

Officials from the revenue office further determined that Istanbul’s Küçükçekmece Municipality was also involved in the affair and attempted to smooth out the illegal takeover by instituting an irregular development plan.

Lands in six locations

In total, six tracts of land were allocated to the Defense Ministry, with three in Ankara’s Polatlı district, two in Istanbul’s Küçükçekmece district and one in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ.

Numerous construction sites scatter the landscape today on the southern wing of a neighborhood of İkitelli in Istanbul’s Küçükçekmece district, according to reports.

The protocol that enabled the illegal transfer of the lands in question to OYAK was signed in 2003 by Işık Koşaner, a former chief of the General Staff who was serving as the undersecretary of the Defense Ministry at the time, as well as OYAK General Manager Şerif Coşkun Ulusoy and Vice General Manager Aydın Müderrisoğlu.

The Treasury land in Küçükçekmece’s İkitelli neighborhood was allocated to the Defense Ministry in 1963 to be utilized for military purposes. The land was never used by military institutions; a survey conducted in 2003 showed that the field was empty and surrounded by barbed wire.

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