Police operation targets Turkish mafia boss Sedat Peker

Police have detained 49 suspects during raids against organised crime in several provinces of Turkey, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

Sedat Peker, a notorious mafia boss, is among 14 others still being sought by police, Anadolu said.

Large quantities of guns, bullets and body armour were also seized in searches, according to the news agency.

Peker was sentenced to 14 years in jail in 2007 on charges of building and leading a criminal organisation, robbery, forgery and two counts of false imprisonment.

He was recently arrested in North Macedonia as part of an investigation into the illegal supply of false Macedonian passports and identity documents and deported to Kosovo, where he faces extradition to Turkey.

Peker denied reports that he had fled Turkey due to legal troubles last February, saying he relocated to the Balkans to pursue business endeavours. 

An outspoken nationalist, Peker has repeatedly given his public support to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

However, he is rumoured to also have made high-profile enemies in Ankara, including Erdoğan’s son-in-law and former Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak.

Last year, Peker accused Albayrak of trying to “destroy” him, according to Cumhuriyet newspaper.