Thursday, January 31, 2013
As I have previously discussed, the sons of Ülkü Adatepe sent notarized letters to the Republican People's party (CHP) and Turkey's largest bank demanding that they deliver their grandfather's $1 million inheritance to them. The sons claimed that their mother's right were violated. The sons also claim that if the bank does not comply with their request then they will bring suit against the bank. The bank, through their CEO Ersin Özince, stated "the bank has so far acted in line with the will of Atatürk and made regular payments to Adatepe until her death." Özince further commented he believes the jurists will likely rule in favor with the bank. The CHP also stated that it was not sure about the demand the sons have made. The party's chairman, Adnan Keskin, stated that the party paid Adatepe regularly until her death.
See İş Bank Says Unable To Do Anything About Atatürk's Grandchildren's Demand, Today's Zaman, Jan. 2013.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.