Turkish MP denied to meet mafia boss Sedat Peker in UAE

Turkish lawmaker Cemal Enginyurt has said that he bought a ticket to the United Arab Emirates to meet with mafia boss Sedat Peker, but this was not allowed for security reasons.

This file photo shows Sedat Peker (L) and Cemal Enginyurt (R)

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Cemal Enginyurt, a deputy chair for Turkey's opposition Democrat Party (DP), on Oct. 13 said that he and two his friends have bought plane tickets to the United Arab Emirates to meet with mafia leader Sedat Peker, but that they were denied to have such a meeting due to security reasons.

Enginyurt said, "I learnt that we could not meet with Sedat Peker for security reasons. That's why I can't go to UAE tonight. I believe it is the duty of all opposition parties to make efforts to end the digital and physical isolation imposed on Peker. Sedat Peker is a citizen of our country and almost all of our people expect Sedat Peker's posts and believe his words."

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, 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 writes on Emre Olur's Twitter account to spread allegations.

Lastly, Peker claimed on Aug. 27 that former Capital Markets Board (SPK) head Ali Fuat Taşkesenlioğlu, who was previously a manager at the Gülenist-run Bank Asya; AKP lawmaker Zehra Taşkesenlioğlu; President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Erdoğan's advisors Serkan Taranoğlu and Korkmaz Karaca; the Union of Chambers, Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) member Salih Orakcı; and columnist Burak Taşçı from the daily Hürriyet took bribes in an organized network.

Peker’s allegations resulted in the resignation of Erdoğan’s two advisors, namely Serkan Taranoğlu and Korkmaz Karaca.

After these latest claims, UAE officials once again reportedly warned Peker not to share any kind of content.