UAE introduces new social media restriction to Turkish mob boss Peker - report

The United Arab Emirates has placed new social media restrictions on Turkish mob boss Sedat Peker, who has for months been residing in the Gulf nation, opposition Halk TV reported on Friday.

The 49-year-old organised crime leader, who has made international headlines over his posts targeting past and present Turkish government officials, has been warned against sharing messages or allegations on social media using another person’s account, according to the station.

Peker in June switched from YouTube to Twitter to release his controversial statements, which accuse government officials of a string of crimes, including corruption and drug-trafficking, after officials in the UAE warned him against his videos implicating Turkey’s politicians.

Peker has now been told to abstain from posting political messages via other accounts by UAE officials, who cited “security protocols in the country,” Halk TV’s İsmail Saymaz said.

Peker’s claims, released in lengthy videos on his YouTube channel, detail allegations of criminal activity against senior members of the Turkish government, including Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. The mob boss’s social media accounts have been banned in Turkey since June, citing national security and public order concerns.

In June, the mobster announced that he would temporarily suspend his YouTube broadcasts, citing warnings from local officials in the UAE.

The move arrived amid a thaw in relations between long-time regional rivals Turkey and the UAE.

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