Bilal Erdogan, the second son of the president, was born in 1981 and, although he is not the eldest son of the president, he is the most prominent and active over the past years, being in public focus because of his alleged illegal businesses which led to accusations and domestic intrigues.
Charges against Bilal allegedly come from Russia and senior state and media officials who said he was trading oil directly with a number of terrorist organizations.
Turkish opposition newspaper described Erdogan’s son as a “minister of oil” for his role in facilitating, marketing and profiting from the smuggling of oil seized by the extremist organizations in Syria.
The assets of his offshore company, which he owns in partnership with his uncle, Mostafa Erdogan, and his brother-in-law Zia Elgin, have skyrocketed to $180 million according to unnamed sources.
It is believed for the benefit of Turkish businessmen,In return for generous gifts and rewards.
- QATARVIRAL contributed to this report.