‘Weeding out wrongdoers’ a duty, says AKP on mob boss claims

A top official from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said it is the responsibility of the AKP to “weed out” any wrongdoers. He said this in response to a question about corruption claims by a mob boss that have taken the country by storm.

If the ruling AKP has committed mistakes, as claimed by convicted mob boss Sedat Peker, that will “take measures to rectify” this matter, Sözcü newspaper cited AKP Deputy Chairman Bülent Turan as saying in a parliamentary address on Monday.

The Turkish government has denied the corruption allegations made by fugitive gang boss Peker, whose tell-all YouTube videos posted since the beginning of May have been watched by millions of Turks.

The 49-year-old loyalist of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has levelled charges at past and present government officials that include murder, rape, drug trafficking, and links to organised crime.

Turan also dismissed a call by the main opposition party to form a parliamentary inquiry commission over Peker’s claims targeting Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Sözcü said.

“We do not determine the parliament’s agenda by the discourse of mafia leaders, Twitter posts,” the AKP official said, adding that the party was ready to take action to sort out those in its ranks who had committed mistakes. 

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) group deputy chairman Özgür Özel on Sunday urged a parliamentary commission over Peker’s claims, saying the severity of the allegations levelled at Soylu necessitated such a move.