Report: Turkey investigating IHH head for funding al-Qaida
15 June 2012 12:45
Turkish legal authorities are investigating allegations that one of the key figures behind the May 2010 Gaza flotilla, Bülent Yıldırım, was involved in transferring funds to al-Qaida, Turkish daily Habertürk reported on Friday.
Bülent Yıldırım is the president of the IHH, a Turkish charity that was one of the main planners of the Gaza flotilla, widely considered a terrorist organization by a number of bodies - including the Israeli government. The IHH has been accused of maintaining ties with a number of terror organizations.
According to the report, Yildirim has been under investigation for secretly “providing financial aid to al-Qaida via his foundation” by special prosecutors in both Istranbul and Diyarbakır.