Turkish opposition urges disclosure of MP 'bankrolled' by mob boss

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has applied to parliament for the identity disclosure of a lawmaker allegedly receiving a sizable monthly pay cheque from an organised crime leader, Birgün newspaper reported.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, along with 134 lawmakers from the party, submitted an application to Parliamentary Speaker Mustafa Şentop, calling for the revelation of the MP that is being handed $10,000 each month by a convicted mob boss, according to a claim made by Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.

Soylu made the claim on state-run TRT on Wednesday, while speaking on a convicted crime boss, who has made headlines over his allegations linking government officials, including Soylu, with organised crime.

“They have deceived him, what can I do?” Soylu said, referring to organised crime leader Sedat Peker. “He should hold accountable whoever it is that deceived him, whoever the politician is that he pays $10,000 a month.”

Peker, who lives in exile, has made a string of claims against Soylu, including that the interior minister provided him with security and assisted his departure from Turkey in early 2020, warning him of his impending arrest.

Soylu’s remarks “implicated” all lawmakers in Turkish parliament, the CHP said, noting that it was very important that an interior minister would share money traffic between organised crime leaders and elected politicians.