Private security firm boss at top-level Turkish security meeting - newspaper

An adviser to Turkish President Recep Erdoğan who heads a private security firm has held a meeting with Turkey’s top security officials, secular newspaper Sözcü reported.

Adnan Tanrıverdi, the adviser in question, is a retired Turkish army general who founded SADAT, a private security firm that offers training in “unconventional warfare, sharp shooting, ground war, anti-tank and anti-armoured vehicle methods”, Sözcü said.

The prime minister, chief of general staff, the intelligence chief and leading ministers were also present at the meeting.

Parliamentarians from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have accused SADAT of training vigilante militia forces.

Meral Akşener, the leader of centrist-right Good Party, said she had received information of “two training camps” in the central Anatolian provinces of Konya and Tokat, one run by SADAT.

“These groups it is rumoured will create chaos in Turkey during elections, if there is an unwanted result.” Akşener was quoted by Sözcü as saying. “I am warning the government and calling on it to take precautions.”