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Turkish PM’s office denies corruption tapes

Updated Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 | 2:16 p.m.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says recordings of alleged wiretapped conversations between the Turkish leader and his son — leaked onto the Internet and suggesting corruption — are fabricated.

In recent weeks, several voice recordings of conversations allegedly involving Erdogan, his aides or businessmen have been circulating on the Internet.

In the latest recordings leaked on Monday, two people alleged to be Erdogan and his son are heard discussing means of getting rid of large amounts of cash from their home. The conversations reportedly took place Dec. 17, the day that sons of three Cabinet ministers were detained as part of vast corruption probe.

Erdogan's office said Monday the recordings were "immorally" fabricated and "totally unreal." It said the prime minister would take legal action against the recordings.