Turkish police make arrest in operation targeting Peker's criminal organisation

Turkish police have arrested a suspect accused of membership in the criminal organisation led by convicted mob boss Sedat Peker, Duvar news site reported on Monday.

The suspect is one of three people detained on Friday in a police operation targeting the organisation of the crime boss, who has taken Turkey by storm with his tell-all videos linking government officials to organised crime, it said.

The arrest arrives asPeker’s uncorroborated tales of corruption, drug running, and murder are shaking Turkey’s politics.  

In January 2007, the exiled mob boss 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 in jail.

Peker last year fled to the Balkans and then Dubai, where he has been publishing videos targeting past and present Turkish government officials, including Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, who the mob boss accuses of helping him evade arrest, among other charges. Soylu denies the charges.

The other two suspects detained for links to Soylu’s crime syndicate have released, Duvar said.

Peker’s videos were sparked by a police raid on his Istanbul home in April, when police carried out an operation against the crime boss’group in seven provinces, detaining 56 suspects.

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