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Turkish Airlines denies carrying arms to Nigeria ‘Recording’s authenticity unable to verify’

 ISTANBUL, March 19, (RTRS): Turkish Airlines on Wednesday denied carrying weapons and military equipment to Nigeria after a Twitter account behind a string of leaks in a Turkish corruption scandal released a voice recording suggesting it had done so. The Twitter posting late on Tuesday was the latest blow to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in a government graft scandal which has grown into one of the biggest challenges of his 11 years in office, and which he has cast as a plot by his political enemies to unseat him.

The recording, whose authenticity Reuters was unable to verify, is purportedly of a conversation between a senior Turkish Airlines employee and one of Erdogan’s advisers. Shares in Turkish Airlines, which is 49-percent stateowned, were down 2.34 percent to 6.25 lira, underperforming the Istanbul share index, which was up 0.54 percent. Erdogan and officials in his office have described previous recordings leaked on social media as a “montage” calculated to undermine him. His office has said it will not comment further. “Lots of material is on its way to Nigeria right now. Is it going to kill Muslims or Christians? I am sinning right now, you should know,” the voice purportedly of the Turkish Airlines official says.

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