Turkish interior minister calls for probe into claims by mob boss Peker
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Monday called for an investigation into allegations made by mob leader Sedat Peker, which link himself and other government officials with organised crime.
Soylu has also filed a criminal complaint against Peker on charges of "insults and defamation,’’ T24 news site reported.
The 49-year-old mafia boss has made headlines over the past two weeks with his tell-all videos released on his YouTube channel, where he discussespast contacts with senior Turkish state officials, with a particular focus on Soylu, former finance minister and son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Berat Albayrak, and former Interior Minister and police chief Mehmet Ağar.
Peker in one of his hour-long videos alleged, among other claims, that Soylu had warned him about an investigation against him in a bid to help him flee the country in January of last year. Soylu has strongly rejected the allegations.
The investigation request, filed by Soylu’s lawyer, calls for a probe into Peker’s claims, which include that Soylu had provided Peker with police protection while he was in Turkey and promised facilitating his return to the country, T24 said.
An ultra-nationalist, Peker in 2007 was convicted of building and leading a criminal organization, robbery, forgery and false imprisonment.
The mobster was released from prison in 2014 and fled toMontenegro last year, before arriving in North Macedonia, followed by Morocco. He is, by his own account, currently in the United Arab Emirates, with which Turkey does not maintain an extradition agreement.