Suspects in Turkey’s biggest match fixing scandal are expected to present their defenses in an Istanbul courthouse today during ongoing hearings. The location of trial is now in Istanbul.
Istanbul / NationalTurk – Fenerbahçe President Aziz Yıldırım and his 8 attorneys were present at a hearing this morning as loyal Fgenerbahce fans gathered outside the courthouse in Çağlayan court district to show support for their ‘ great president ‘. Aziz Yıldırım will present his defense tomorrow, which he claims will ‘ shock Turkey’ while his attorneys appealed for a decision of lack of jurisdiction, which was rejected by the court.
Prosecutors allege that there are deep-rooted ties between the sport and mafia and that there were several attempts to manipulate games in Turkey Super championship last year. The match fixing case is pivotal as it is the first time that presidents and executives from leading Turkish clubs are being tried.
Turkey Match Fixing Trial continues in Istanbul / Suspects defend themselves
Fenerbahce President Aziz Yıldırım is the most prominent among the 93 suspects and is allegedly the mastermind of match fixing and game manipulation claims and is accused of forging an organized criminal enterprise.
Olgun Peker, the former chairman of second league outfit Giresunspor, was set to defend himself first in today’s hearing at Turkey match fixing trial.