Turkish opposition parliamentary deputies have submitted motions to the Turkish government over allegations of rigging Turkey’s Milli Gemi/National Ship (Milgem) corvette programme and Landing Platform Dockship (LPD) tenders.

The allegations stem from leaked audio recordings on 4 March, suggested to be of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructing the owner of Sedef Shipbuilding, Metin Kalkavan, on how to engineer the cancellation and reopening of the Milgem programme, while advising him over competitive pricing for the LPD programe.

On 5 March, Erdogan confirmed the authenticity of two separate phone conversations said to have taken place in April and September 2013.