Mafia boss Sedat Peker’s press advisor once again released from jail

A Turkish court has released Emre Olur from jail, who is known as the press advisor of Turkish mafia boss Sedat Peker.

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An Istanbul court has ruled to release Emre Olur from jail, who is known as the press advisor of Turkish mafia leader Sedat Peker.

The move was announced by Sedat Peker’s lawyer Ersan Barkın on April 28, who said “The hearing of the main case against Sedat Peker on the allegation of a criminal organization was held. The only detained defendant in the file, Emre Olur, was ruled to be released. I hope this time, the decision of the court will be implemented.”

On the evening of April 28, Barkın said “Emre Olur was released. He is free now.”

However, the prosecutor's office objected to the court's release decision by appealing to a higher court, Demirören News Agency reported.

In the previous hearing held in January, the court ruled to release Olur again, which was turned down by a higher court upon the prosecutor’s appeal. 

On Sept. 18, 2022, Olur was brought to Istanbul after being detained in Albanian capital Tirana.

Prosecutors have prepared an indictment into Olur over the charges of "being a member of an organization established for the purpose of committing a crime", "intentional wounding with a weapon", seeking up to eight years three months in jail.

Sedat Peker, who fled Turkey in early 2020, currently lives in the United Arab Emirates. Last year, the 51-year-old mobster began posting videos and tweets making a series of scandalous claims against political figures, mainly from the government, including allegations of murder, rape, corruption and drug trafficking.

In June 2021, the mafia boss said that UAE officials warned him not to share videos due to high-security risks. Afterwards, Peker continued to make his sensational claims via Twitter instead.

Peker sometimes tweeted from Emre Olur's account to spread allegations.