Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Group Deputy Chair Özgür Özel has called on Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu to reveal the name of the deputy that he claimed receives $10,000 every month from mafia leader Sedat Peker.
Soylu on May 19 told state-run broadcaster TRT Haber that Peker sends a deputy money every month, but refrained from giving their name.
Özel slammed Soylu's remarks on May 20, saying that he is trying to cover up his dirty relations through trolling the public.
"Soylu should immediately reveal the name of the politician that receives $10,000 from Sedat Peker. If this person is still a lawmaker, we should remove his parliamentary immunity immediately!" Özel said on Twitter, adding that he should state whether the politician in question is a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Süleyman Soylu açığa çıkan kirli ilişkilerini kamuoyunu trolleyerek kapatmaya çalışıyor.— Özgür Özel (@eczozgurozel) May 20, 2021
Sedat Peker'den ayda 10 bin dolar alan siyasetçiyi Soylu derhal açıklamalıdır!
Bu kişi halen vekilse dokunulmazlığını hemen kaldıralım!
AKP üyesi ise daha fazla merakta kalmayalım.
Soylu was responding to claims that two pro-government journalists were trying to find a common ground between himself and Peker after the mafia leader directed serious allegations against him.
Denying that he met with journalists Hadi Özışık and Süleyman Özışık, Soylu claimed that Peker was fooled by the two, adding that the mob boss should ask about why he was fooled to "the politician he sends money every month."
Peker, who fled Turkey in 2020 to avoid being prosecuted, has been releasing videos including serious allegations against current and former politicians. The country has been shaken by his revelations, with thousands calling on the judiciary to launch probes, but to no avail.