Prosecutor claims conviction for match-fixing was politically motivated.

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As part of the retrial of Fenerbahçe Chairman Aziz Yildrim, who was convicted for his part in a match-fixing investigation in 2011, the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office demanded the acquittal of Yıldırım claiming that he was the victim of a plot.

A retrial was then ordered in June 2014 and prosecutors requested that all the suspects including Yildirim should be acquitted and their original convictions quashed.

Yildirim had also been convicted of founding a criminal organisation.

The judge is due to announce the final verdict on Friday with an acquittal ruling now almost certain.

Yildirim’s original conviction for match-fixing in the 2011-2012 season resulted in the club being banned for two seasons from European competition.

His supporters ridiculed the original investigation against him, linking it to prosecutors who in 2013 brought sensational corruption allegations against confidantes of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan has angrily denied those claims, blaming the now dropped corruptiuon investigation on a “parallel state” led by his arch enemy, the US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen.

Hasan Yılmaz, who is supervising a government-backed investigation against Gülen, claimed that the group headed by the scholar wanted to overthrow the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

 

  • The Great Attila

    It was the 2010-11 season he got accused of fixing games in, not the 2011-12 season.