Mafia boss says Soylu used AKP youth branches to distribute weapons to civilians after 2016 coup

Turkish mafia leader Sedat Peker on July 8 claimed that Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu had instructed ruling AKP youth branches to distribute unlicensed Kalashnikovs to civilians on the night and after the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.  

This collage photo shows Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu (L) and Sedat Peker.

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Turkish mafia leader Sedat Peker on July 8 made fresh allegations against Interior Süleyman Soylu, saying that the minister had distributed unregistered weapons to civilians on the night of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and after it through ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) youth branches. 

Peker said rifles, also known as the AK-47 or Kalashnikov, were handed down to the deputy chair of the AKP's Istanbul youth branch on one night in the first week of August in 2016.

He said that the head of AKP's Esenyurt branch was also in the vehicle carrying the rifles.

“The weapons were loaded onto a black Passat at around 1 a.m. at a by-street on the alignment of the Church of Sveti Stefan in Balat, also known as the Iron Church. The [AKP Istanbul] youth branch president at the time was Taha Ayhan, who is now the president of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum,” Peker said in a tweet.

“Why did you continue to distribute these weapons also in the aftermath of July 15 with the shady organization that plans to make you the president?” Peker said. 

Peker, a pan-Turkist and Turanist organized crime boss who fled Turkey in early 2020 to avoid prosecution, has been releasing videos and tweets that include serious allegations, including murders, against current and former politicians in a bid to take revenge for the operations launched into his organization.

Peker, who is believed to be in Dubai, announced on June 20 that he would temporarily stop uploading new videos since the United Arab Emirates officials warned him not to share videos due to high-security risks.