Turkey requests UAE’s arrest of Mafia leader Sedat Peker

Turkey has formally requested that the United Arab Emirates arrest fugitive Mafia leader Sedat Peker and return him to Turkey.

Prosecutors prepared the extradition request, which the Justice Ministry has forwarded, after international crime fighting organisation Interpol issued a warrant for Peker’s arrest on Feb. 1, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday.

Turkey has made the request amid warming relations with the UAE. Ties between the two countries were fractured over regional policy differences, but a visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Abu Dhabi and Dubai last week symbolised a new era in ties.

In a letter sent to the UAE, the Justice Ministry requested Peker’s temporary detention ahead of his extradition, Anadolu said.

Peker has published a series of YouTube videos alleging that Turkish ministers and other senior officials were cooperating or aligned with the Mafia. The government has denied the allegations.

Anadolu did not outline the legal charges against Peker.

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