Turkish police late on July 1 detained a distant relative of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over his criticism of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in a live social media video, Halk TV reported.
Yahya Birinci, the brother-in-law of President Erdoğan's brother Mustafa Erdoğan, was taken to the Istanbul Police Station and his electronic items were seized.
After singing a song written for mafia leader Sedat Peker, Birinci said: “These corrupt politicians are hearing our voices but are pretending not to hear...Let them speak with me, I have documents.”
Peker has been recently dishing the dirt on members of Erdoğan’s AKP through a series of tell-all videos that have captivated the nation.
“There is no honor left in the politics in this country. Let those corrupt people [in reference to government officials] take me. Let them take me so that we can speak. I am fed up,” Birinci said.
“Mr. President, how is that you are keeping these shameless people at these posts?” Birinci asked in his video.
In response to a commentator's remark that “Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will have you taken,” Birinci said: “Hopefully. I am waiting for that because those next to him are betrayers. I have submitted a letter, but they have not taken that to him, I have the documents.”