19.9 C
Paris
vendredi, août 19, 2022

Turkey seeks arrest of mafia boss who alleges crimes by Erdoğan allies

Must read

« At summit, Erdogan, Putin still divided on SyriaRead more ». Al Monitor staff 

Ankara agreed said Al Monitor on the 5th of August 2022 that part of its natural gas payments to Moscow would be switched to...

Au sujet de « La promesse d’Hasan », film turc, sorti en France en plein mois d’août/Nora SENI

Le vent souffle sans répit dans le film de Semih Kaplanoglu, ployant branches, bruissant feuillages, malmenant les clôtures faits d'assemblages irréguliers de bois secs....

Turkey’s Mission Becomes More Difficult If Attacks on Ukrainian Ports Continue- PANORAMA/Selmin Seda Coşkun

Selmin Seda Coskun from the Thomas More Institute in Paris wrote in Panorama, Online of the 4th of August 2022, an indepth article...

L’accord céréalier, un succès diplomatique pour le président Erdogan. LE MONDE/Marie Jégo

Après la sécurisation du passage d’un premier cargo, le président turc rencontre Vladimir Poutine vendredi, à Sotchi, pour parler notamment de l’Ukraine et de...

Guardian, May 27, 2021

Videos by convicted criminal Sedat Peker accusing president’s allies of grave offences get millions of views

Turkey has issued a new arrest warrant for a convicted crime boss who fled prosecution abroad and then began publishing videos that allege grave crimes committed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s allies.

The chief public prosecutor’s office in Ankara issued the arrest warrant for Sedat Peker on Wednesday as he prepared to release the eighth in a series of YouTube videos that have each received millions of views.

Anadolu, the state news agency, said Peker was now also suspected of involvement in a terror group led by a US-based Muslim preacher whom Turkey blames for a failed coup against Erdoğan in 2016.

The accusations Peker has levelled at Erdoğan’s allies, including a former prime minister, top officials and their relatives, range from corruption and drug trafficking to rape and assassinations.

The videos have focused heavily on the interior minister, Süleyman Soylu, whom Peker alleges had offered him protection and then tipped him off about impending charges, allowing him to flee abroad.

Peker, 49, began recording his videos after police raided his home in Turkey in April and allegedly mistreated his family.

He says he now lives in the United Arab Emirates.

None of the allegations have been proven and those involved have said they are innocent.

But the political scandal sparked by the videos comes at an inopportune time for Erdoğan, who is losing ground in opinion polls because of a depreciating currency and runaway inflation.

Addressing the allegations directly for the first time on Wednesday, Erdoğan vowed to stand “side by side” with Soylu, a nationalist who is seen as one of Turkey’s most popular and powerful officials.

“We have crushed criminal organisations one by one for 19 years,” said Erdoğan.

“We follow criminal gang members wherever they may flee to in the world.”

More articles

Latest article

« At summit, Erdogan, Putin still divided on SyriaRead more ». Al Monitor staff 

Ankara agreed said Al Monitor on the 5th of August 2022 that part of its natural gas payments to Moscow would be switched to...

Au sujet de « La promesse d’Hasan », film turc, sorti en France en plein mois d’août/Nora SENI

Le vent souffle sans répit dans le film de Semih Kaplanoglu, ployant branches, bruissant feuillages, malmenant les clôtures faits d'assemblages irréguliers de bois secs....

Turkey’s Mission Becomes More Difficult If Attacks on Ukrainian Ports Continue- PANORAMA/Selmin Seda Coşkun

Selmin Seda Coskun from the Thomas More Institute in Paris wrote in Panorama, Online of the 4th of August 2022, an indepth article...

L’accord céréalier, un succès diplomatique pour le président Erdogan. LE MONDE/Marie Jégo

Après la sécurisation du passage d’un premier cargo, le président turc rencontre Vladimir Poutine vendredi, à Sotchi, pour parler notamment de l’Ukraine et de...

« Turkey’s inflation hits almost 80% as Erdogan insists on low-rate policy ». Mustafa Sönmez/AL MONITOR

"Despite a relative slowdown in July, Turkey’s consumer inflation appears on course to overshoot the central bank’s newly revised year-end forecast of 60.4%" says...