Cem Cengiz Uzan ( born December 26, 1960 in Adapazarı ) is a Turkish media entrepreneur and chairman of the right-wing populist Genç Parti (GP). Uzan is often compared to Silvio Berlusconi. He is accused of mixing media and political power.
Uzan comes from one of the most influential families of Turkey that once banks ( Imar Bank), cement and power plants, media (Star TV), a major mobile phone companies ( Telsim ) and two professional football clubs ( Adanaspor and Istanbulspor ) prevailed. His father Kemal and his brothers Yavuz and Hakan are on the run and wanted by Interpol, as they have allegedly cheated Turkish and foreign residents with non-existing investment funds and thereby made a large fortune. However, this has not been officially proven.
Uzan 2002 founded the " party boy " ( Genç Parti, GP ) and stepped up to the parliamentary elections in Turkey in 2002. The GP advertised on TV, in newspapers and on the Internet with populist statements especially to young voters, but missed with 7% of the way into the parliament. Also in the parliamentary elections in Turkey in 2007 she missed three percent electoral threshold of 10%.
Uzan fled in 2009 to Paris, where he filed a motion for asylum because of political persecution. He was sentenced in late 2009 by a Turkish court in absentia to six years in prison and in April 2010 to a further 23 years in prison.