Zekeriya Karaman is the CEO of Mepa Medya A.Ş. and Hayat Görsel Yayıncılık A.Ş. and CEO of Beyaz Holding A.Ş. He was the co-founder and board member of Yeni Dünya İletişim A.Ş. (Kanal 7). In July 2011, he was sent to prison with İsmail Karahan, Zahid Akman and Mustafa Çelik as part of an ongoing investigation into embezzlement at the Germany-based Lighthouse e.V. charity. They were released from prison in October 2011. He was accused of forging documents, fraud and buying Kanal 7 shares with charity money. In 2015, charges were dropped due to acquittals against them. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was a marriage witness at his son's wedding in 2016.
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