Erdogan advisor says Sedat Peker serves "anti-Turkey alliance"

An advisor for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Turkish mobster Sedat Peker of being part of an “anti-Turkish alliance”, Bianet English reported on Monday. 

Senior presidential advisor Oktay Saral has dismissed Peker’s videos of allegations against high ranking government officials as “rubbish” and that the mafia boss only proves he is an enemy of the state with his accusations. 

"With his rubbish statements, Peker has demonstrated that he is at the service of the enemies of Turkey and all the alliances of evil inside [Turkey]," he wrote on Twitter. "Our state will do what is necessary and any power will know that this country cannot be shaken by such nonsense."


On Sunday, Peker released an eighth video that resuscitated interest in the 2015 MIT trucks scandal, where Turkey’s intelligence service was caught allegedly transporting weapons to Syrian jihadists under the guise of humanitarian aid for the Turkmen population in northwest Syria.

Peker shined new light on this episode by claiming that MIT was not responsible for the deliveries of weapons. Instead, he said that the defence consultancy SADAT, a firm run by a former security aide to President Erdogan, was responsible for organising the deliveries. 

These weapons in turn reached member of the al-Nusra front, a Syrian extremist group that is linked to al-Qaeda. Today, the group has rebranded itself as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is today the dominant militant group in northwestern Syria which cooperates with other Turkish backed proxies in the region. 

The day before Peker’s eighth release was the sixth anniversary of secular-left wing newspaper Cumhuriyet releasing footage from searches conducted on trucks that allegedly belonged to the MİT, confirming the transport of at least 1,000 mortar shells, 1,000 artillery shells and more than 80,000 rounds of ammunition of various calibres.

The searches themselves were conducted in November 2013 and January 2014 by gendarmerie forces near the Syrian border, in the Adana province.

Following Cumhuriyet’s leaks, the paper’s editor-in-chief at the time, veteran journalist Can Dündar, was charged with espionage and arrested for several months. In October last year, a court seized all assets of Dündar, who has lived in exile in Germany since his release from prison. In December, the journalist was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
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