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Opposition calls for investigation into Turkish PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 | 1:42 a.m.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An opposition leader has called on Turkey's top prosecutors to launch an investigation into Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for alleged corruption after the disclosure of audio recordings purportedly of him ordering his son to dispose of vast amounts of cash amid a graft probe.

Erdogan's office has said the recordings leaked onto the Internet late Monday are fabricated and that legal action will be taken against the perpetrators.

Nationalist party leader Devlet Bahceli on Tuesday called the recordings "mind-blowing" and urged prosecutors and other judicial bodies to intervene. He said Erdogan should "not even think about" escaping blame by claiming the tapes were edited.

The taped conversations reportedly took place Dec. 17, as three Cabinet ministers' sons were detained in the police probe.