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Maffia Boss’s YouTube Claims rattle Turkish Government

Sedat Peker accuses Senior Government Figures of Crimes Including Murder, Rape, Corruption and Drug Trafficking.

Turkish Television Shows are Popular fare throughout the Muslim World during Ramadan, Full of Tales of Palace Intrigue and the Criminal Underworld.

This Year’s Surprise Hit, however, isn’t Fictional.

The Notorious Real Life Mob Boss Sedat Peker has Electrified Turkey with a Series of YouTube Videos over the Last Three Weeks in which he has Levelled an Array of Allegations – Including Murder, Rape, Rampant Corruption and Drug Trafficking – at Prominent Turkish Government Figures.

The Dizzying Claims Stretch Back Decades and are Unsubstantiated. But the Timing of Peker’s Hour Long Monologues, in which he Portrays Himself as a Whistleblower, is Devastating for Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. His Party is Already Struggling in the Polls amid Turkey’s Economic Misery, Compounded by Criticism over Handling of the Pandemic.

Peker’s Seven Episodes to Date, of a Promised 12 in Total, took Time to Register in Turkey’s Traditional Media, which since a Coup Attempt in 2016 has been Tightly Controlled by the State. On Various Online Platforms, however, the Videos have racked up More than 30 million Views. Sedat Peker versus AKP (Erdoğan’s Ruling Justice and Development Party) briefly became the World’s Top Rated Television Show on the Internet Movie Database until the Entry was Removed on Monday.

Peker, 49, rose to Notoriety in the 1990’s, the Peak of Turkey’s Political Maffia Nexus, when Intelligence Agencies were Revealed to have Collaborated with Gangsters to Carry Out Political Assassinations. He has Served Several Prison Sentences.

On his Release in 2014 the Maffioso Appeared to Ingratiate himself in AKP Circles, but Fled the Country in 2020 after the Interior Ministry Opened a New Investigation into his Networks, and he says he is Currently in Dubai. His Istanbul Home was Raided by the Authorities in April.

Sitting at a Desk in a Hotel Room, Gold Medallion around his Neck and Books and Notes Neatly Organised in Front of Him, Peker has Veered from Topic to Topic and Person to Person, offering up Dramatic Accounts of Crimes Committed on Behalf of Elected Officials, and using Legal Terminology and Careful Signposting that suggest his Allegations have been Designed to build Cases in Court.

In Airing Two DecadesWorth of Dirty AKP Laundry, Peker has also Called on the Country’s Youth to Challenge the Political Status Quo.

My Precious Brothers, My Brothers under the Age of 40 (…) You should Make a New World, a New Country, In This Country: This Country Needs Its 84 Million [Population] To Be One,” he said.

There are Days Ahead That Will Be Troubling. They will Make Us Struggle (…) We Must Unite.”

Little by Little, the Gangster has Painted a Picture of Extensive Collaboration between Organised Crime Networks and Top Officials. His Main Target So Far is the Powerful Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, whom Peker says he Protected from Rival Factions within the AKP. He has also Accused a Former Prime Minister’s Son of Smuggling Cocaine from Venezuela as Part of a Trafficking Network stretching through the Casino Economy of Northern Cyprus and a Port Controlled by the Syrian Regime. The Former Prime Minister has said his Son went to Venezuela to Donate Masks and Personal protective Equipment (PPE).

According to Peker, a Former Interior Minister who was Sentenced to Five Years in Jail for Working with Gangland Figures in the 1990’s was Directly Involved in the Unsolved Murder of a Journalist in 1993, and his Son, an AKP Politician, Raped and Murdered a Journalist in 2019. The Former Interior Minister said on Twitter that Peker’s Claims are “Slander.

Peker has also Accused a Former Lieutenant Colonel and a Senior Official of the Turkish Intelligence Service (MIT) of Ordering the Murder of a Turkish Cypriot Journalist in 1996.

Peker has even Implicated Himself in Crimes, saying that His Men Attacked a Newspaper’s Offices in 2015 and Treatened Academics calling for Peace in Turkey’s Long Running Conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) On the Orders of AKP Officials, and Helped Seize Assets and Properties Belonging to the Ruling Party’s Enemies.

Several of the People the Crime Boss has Pointed the Finger At were Important Figures in Turkish US Relations during the Trump Administration, according to Dr Ayşe Zarakol, a Reader in International Relations at the University of Cambridge.

It is Widely Expected that the Remaining Episodes will Address Gun Running over the Border to Syria and Long Standing Rumours that the Turkish Energy Ministry Bought Oil from Islamic State in 2015.

While Peker has Not TouchedBrother Tayyip”, as he calls the President, the Takedowns of Erdoğan’s Inner Circle make Clear he is the Ultimate Target. The Videos have Only Drawn an Indirect Rebuke from Erdoğan Himself, who said Last Week that his Party had Earned Credibility and Brought Peace to Turkey by Tackling Criminal Gangs When It Came to Power 19 years ago.

But the Maffioso’s Allegations have had Such Impact Precisely because they Bolster Turks’ Suspicions that the Relationship between the Establishment and Organised Crime has Not Only Endured, but Flourished in Recent Years. Turkey’s Political Alliances were Transformed in the Aftermath of the 2016 Coup Attempt. The Far Right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) , with which Erdoğan is In Coalition, has Well Documented Links to Criminal Figures.

The AKP’s Opponents can Smell Blood in the Water, and there are Growing Calls for Investigations and Resignations.Peker’s Legitimacy or Position does Not Justify Silence,” Erol Önderoğlu, the Turkey Representative for Reporters Without Borders, told AFP.

All the Men have Denied Peker’s Allegations, and Soylu has Launched Slander Proceedings against Him. But in a Three Hour Interview Broadcast on the Government Friendly HaberTürk Channel on Monday Evening, Soylu Struggled to Defend Himself Against the Gangster’s Claims. Pro Government Media were Silent on the Interview on Tuesday Morning, raising Speculation that his Political Career is in Serious Trouble.

So Far, One Arrest has Been Made: of Peker’s Own Brother, Atilla, after Sedat said he was Part of a Failed 1996 Mission to Kill a Journalist. But Now that the Mobster has Blown the Lid Off what was Previously a Culture of Silence, More Could Be On the Way.

Today’s Picture is Even Worse [than the 90’s]. At That Time, At Least There Was a Functioning Structure. We were Doing Our Duty, we were Doing it Seriously. We were Getting Support,” Mehmet Eymür, a Former Head of Counter Terrorism for MIT, told Cumhuriyet Newspaper.

In the 90’s there was Not This Much Shady Activity. It was Not at tTis Level (…) The End of This is Going to Be Political Murders.”

Peker’s Next Video is Due to Be Released on Sunday.

The Guardian, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 16.42 BST, Last modified on Wednesday 26 May 2021 20.27 BST

Sedat Peker

Sedat Peker’s YouTube videos have racked up more than 30 million views (foto YouTubej
Sedat Peker
Sedat Peker

1 December 1970, Age 50 [1]

Özge Peker
Married 2008
Children 5

Reis [2] Sedat Peker [3] (Turkish: [seˈdat peˈcæɾ]; Born 1 December 1970) is a Turkish Maffia Boss [4] and Whistle Blower who has Made Various Allegations about Turkish Politicians and Numerous Government Engagements in Illegal Activities through his Own YouTube Channel. [5] He has Described Himself as a Pan Turkist and Turanist .[6]


Peker was Born in Adapazarı, in the Turkish Province of Sakarya. He spent Considerable Time in Germany. In a 1999 Interview with Milliyet he Self Identified as a Pan Turkist and Turanist. [6]

Peker was Tried in 1997 for the Murder of the Drug Smuggler Abdullah Topçu, but Acquitted. The Two Other Defendants in the Same Case, Alleged To Be Peker’s Employees, were Sentenced to Life Imprisonment. [6]

After this, he Fled to Romania and was Sought For, amongst Others, Protection Racketeering, Coercion, and Incitement to Murder. During this time it was Reported that Peker had been Visited by a Minister and a Member of Parliament from the Motherland Party and Guaranteed, In Return for an Unknown Favor, to be Only Imprisoned for a Short Period of Time. [7]

On 17 August 1998, Peker was Brought to Turkey of his Own Free Will and Surrendered to the Authorities. The Case Against Him was Opened in September 1998. He Pleaded Guilty to the Crimes for which he was Accused and was Found Guilty of Building a Criminal Organization. During the Trial, Peker made some Remarks Without Further Explanation. “An Older Member of Parliament sent me an SMS which said I Shouldn’t Behave Too Arrogantly. I would like to Tell You (the Court) Everything, because if I don’t It Could Come to Pass that I Commit Suicide Under Suspicious Circumstances.” The Prosecutors Requested at least Years’ Imprisonment, but Peker was Only Sentenced to Eight Months and 29 Days. He was Released on 24 May 1999. [8]

On 12 May 2005, he was Arrested during Operation Butterfly. On 31 January 2007, he was Found Guilty of Building and Leading a Criminal Organization, Robbery, Forgery, and Two Counts of False Imprisonment, and Sentenced to 14 Years and Five Months. [9] [10] [[11]

On 30 May 2008, during his Incarceration, Peker married his Lawyer, Özge Yılmaz. [12]

Peker is allegedly a Member of the Underground Turkish Organization Ergenekon. [13] Veli Küçük said in 2008 that Peker was the “Son of a Friend.”[14] On 5 August 2013, Peker was Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison as Part of the Ergenekon Trials. however, he and the Other Convicts were Released a few Months Later. [15]

On 13 January 2016, Peker said in a Well Attended Speech that the Academics who Signed the Petition for Peace with PKK would be Massacred. “We will let Your Blood in Streams and we will take a Shower in your Blood! [16]  For this Speech he got Prosecuted, but Acquitted in July 2018. [8]

In early 2020, he went from Turkey to Montenegro, then he Left the Balkans to Morocco, and later to the United Arab Emirates.[citation needed]

Whistle Blower

In May 2021 he Started a Confession Video Series on YouTube.

He Accused Tolga Ağar, Son of Former Interior Minister Mehmet Ağar, of Raping and Murdering Kazakh Student Yeldana Kaharman. [17] [18]

In addition, he Alleged Mehmet Ağar’s Role in the Killing of Kutlu Adalı, [19] and Alleged Ağar’s Involvement, Along with Former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s Son Erkan, in an International Drug Trafficking Scheme. [20]

He later Accused SADAT, Founded by Retired Brigadier General and Former Presidential Advisor Adnan Tanrıverdi, of Being Involved in the Arms Shipment to Al Nusra Front during the Syrian Civil War [21]


  2. Although in Turkish “Reis” is Ordinarily an Honorific (MeaningChief” or “Boss“), Court Filings indicate that in Peker’s Case it has been Legally Added to his Name,954981
  4. Mafia Boss’s YouTube Claims Rattle Turkish Government“,, 30 May 2021.
  5. Peker videos: Gang Leader’s Claims Rattle Turkish Government“, BBC, 25 May 2021. “The 1990’s (…) was an Era of Complex Links between Maffia Gangs, Police, Politicians and Business Circles (…) Sedat Peker (…) was an Important Figure in the 1990’s.”
  7. Indictment in the Ergenekon Case, Page 303, Turkish.
  8. Sedat Peker Acquitted of Trial of Threatening Academics“, Bianet, 16 July 2018.
  9. Today’s Zaman, 1 February 2007, Sedat Peker Sentenced to 14 Years of Jail, Archived, 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. Sedat Peker’e 14 yıl hapis cezası, Hürriyet, Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  11. Sedat Peker is Tried Again, Sabah, Turkish.
  12., 14 June 2008, Sedat Peker Avukatıyla Evlendi Turkish.
  13. Turkey: Trial against „Ergenekon“ Conspirators begins, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, German.
  14. Today’s Zaman, 21 March 2008, Ultra Nationalist Mobster Questioned over Ergenekon, Archived 18 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. Today’s Zaman, 5 August 2013, Long Sentences for Ergenekon Suspects, Life for Ex Army Chief, Archived 6 August 2013  at the Wayback Machine.
  16. LOCAL Notorious Criminal Threatens Academics Calling for Peace in Turkey’s South East“, Retrieved 13 March 2016
  17. Sedat Peker, Berat Albayrak’ın abisine seslendi: Ben devletin karakolunda milletvekilinin kemiklerini kırdırdım,, in Turkish, 9 May 2021.
  18. Turkey’s ‘Wicked Messenger has Gone Viral. Here’s Why“,,24 May 2021.
  19. Kutlu Adalı cinayeti: Sedat Peker’in iddialarının ardından ‘Soruşturma yeniden açılsın’ çağrıları yapılıyor,” BBC News Türkçe, in Turkish, Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  20. Turkish Maffia Boss Claims Former PM’s Son, Ex Minister Part of International Drug Trafficking Scheme“., 23 May 2021.
    Sedat Peker’in iddialarına SADAT’ın yanıtı ne oldu, Bayırbucak Türkmenleri ne diyor?“, BBC, in Turkish, 30 May 2021.

External Links

Sedat Peker’s Official Website
Peker’s Pan Turkic Website
Sedat Peker’s YouTube Channel

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