Turkish mafia leader says femicide suspect walked free after Minister Soylu intervened

Turkish mafia boss Sedat Peker has shared a series of tweets, alleging that a femicide suspect walked free thanks to his father's relations with Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.

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Turkish mafia leader Sedat Peker has claimed that a femicide suspect enjoyed impunity due to his father's close ties to Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. 

Peker, who had been out of the public eye due to receiving COVID-19 treatment for some time, shared a thread consisting of 50 tweets on Aug. 7, in which he accused the minister of committing serious crimes once again. 

The mafia boss said that Ümitcan Uygun, who is the main suspect in the murder of Aleyna Çakır last year, wasn't arrested despite overwhelming evidence tying him to the killing because his father, Durak Uygun, is a close friend of Soylu. 

According to Peker, the forensics report on Çakır's death was prepared in a way that would prevent Ümitcan Uygun from getting arrested. 

Uygun, an abusive man who enjoyed impunity for months after Çakır's murder despite sharing videos of himself beating the woman, continued hurling death threats on social media following her death, but no legal action was taken against him until he shared a video of himself using drugs in January.

He had been imprisoned for six months on drug charges, but was released last month.

Uygun last year addressed Soylu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for help in the face of the backlash against him. His mother also died suspiciously, with Uygun claiming that it was a suicide.

Most recently, police arrested Uygun in relation to the death of another woman, 25-year-old Esra Hankulu, who was determined to have met with Uygun before she was found dead.

'Forensics report changed to save deputy'

Peker also reiterated his previous claim on Yeldana Kaharman, a 21-year-old Kazakh woman believed to have been killed, being murdered by ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Tolga Ağar and that her forensics report was also changed to save the lawmaker. 

Peker, a former ally of the government, has been accusing current and former politicians of committing serious crimes, including murder. His most high-level target is Soylu, who has been under fire for not giving plausible explanations in the face of the accusations.

Currently believed to be in the United Arab Emirates, Peker had been sharing one-hour-long videos on YouTube to tell his viewers about the alleged dark acts of the politicians, before he was reportedly warned by Dubai authorities to refrain from shooting videos over security reasons. He has been tweeting since then.

Accusations regarding Burhan Kuzu

In his last series of tweets on Aug. 7, Peker also touched upon the relations between a deceased AKP politician and a drug lord, which were previously reported by the Turkish media countless times. 

Burhan Kuzu, who died last year of COVID-19, was being probed over his relations with Iranian drug lord Naji Sharifi Zindashti, mainly for pressuring the judges to secure the release of the drug kingpin from jail in Turkey. 

A second investigation was launched into the late politician for trying to prevent Orhan Ünğan, Zindashti's enemy, from being released. 

According to Peker, Kuzu, who was also Erdoğan's adviser, sought to obtain Turkish citizenship for Zindashti and secured his release. While Zindashti fled Turkey, Ünğan collected documents on Kuzu's involvement in the miscarriage of justice. 

Following the investigations, Kuzu called Peker and asked his organization to make sure that Ünğan abandons the court case, the mafia boss said, adding that one of his relatives talked to Ünğan and convinced him to do so.

In an interesting turn of events, what followed was Kuzu becoming friends with Ünğan and this time fulfilling his wishes, Peker said, noting that the politician tried to dismiss a court case into him. 

The mafia boss said that Ünğan asked Kuzu to meet with Interpol officials to issue a red notice for Zindashti and his lawyer, which was accepted by the politician. 

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, meanwhile, allegedly remained silent in the face of Kuzu's crimes in a bid to curry favor with the AKP.