Peker accuses former Turkish interior minister of fuel smuggling

Convicted crime boss Sedat Peker on Monday accused former interior minister Mehmet Ağar of smuggling diesel fuel, adding to a string of allegations against the former chief of police, whom he accuses of being "the head of (the) deep state" in Turkey.

The fugitive mob leader took to Twitter to threaten Ağar with revealing information on his alleged fuel smuggling unless he donates the petroleum he "seized" from detained Azerbaijani businessman Mubariz Mansimov.

Ağar has been among the main targets of Peker. The mob leader's series of tell-all YouTube videos that he began in May, in which he accuses past and present government officials of corruption, have rattled the nation.

"Mehmet and his team are smuggling diesel fuel," from a marina previously owned by Mansimov, the 49-year-old ultranationalist said on Twitter, adding that Turkish police were turning a blind eye to the operation. 

Mansimov, the owner of Istanbul-headquartered shipping conglomerate Palmali Group, was detained in Turkey in March over alleged links to the Gülen movement, a religious group accused by Ankara of carrying out a coup attempt in 2016 and designated a terrorist organisation.

Peker, in a video last month, mocked the accusations against Mansimov while pointing the finger at Ağar for coordinating the police operation against the Azeri businessman. In the same video, Peker also claimed that Ağar had seized ownership of Port Bodrum Yalıkavak Marina owned by Mansimov, despite the appearance that a number of Azeri names are its apparent owners.

"You are going to donate the fuel in the marina and the marina, which is registered to yourself and your son, to the Mehmetçik Foundation," Peker said. "It is not sufficient for you to step down from the board of the marina."

Ağar and his son Tolga Ağar last week withdrew from the board of the Yalıkavak Marina, Sözü newspaper reported.

Peker has also accused Ağar of being the head of the "deep state" in Turkey, saying the former interior minister was involved in the 1993 murder of prominent investigative journalist Uğur Mumcu.