Sadat Bakr did not stop at one recording, but followed it with four other records, the last of which was on Sunday evening, in which the “prominent mafia leader” tried to uncover “secrets” that Turkish citizens did not know, according to his description, targeting political and party names known to be close to the Turkish government and the ruling party. (Justice and Development).
In the first and second photographic recordings, Sadat Bakr said that he left for the United Arab Emirates, without revealing any other details of how he got there, or supporting that with documented assurances, especially that he is wanted by security according to a red notice that the Turkish authorities circulated, more than a year ago, on charges. Related to “organized crime” and drug trafficking and trafficking, in addition to targeting academic and civilian figures.
Bakr added that he would expose the people he was targeting to “a terrible defeat in front of one camera and a tripod (pregnant),” as he put it, at a time when those recordings caused a shock inside Turkey, and their repercussions still exist until now, whether within the opposition or pro-ruling circles.
Sadat Bakr “Breaking Taboos”, according to what opposition activists in Turkey are circulating on social media, and for the first time it targeted prominent figures in political life, including the Turkish Minister of Interior, Suleiman Soylu, and media outlets such as the “Pelican Group”, or as it is called in Turkish “group.” Pelican, who is close to the Justice and Development Party.
In addition to his targeting, Berat Albayrak, son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as former Interior Minister Mehmet Agar and his son, a deputy in the Justice and Development Party. Of dollars.
How did the story begin?
Sadat Bakr went to this step via the “YouTube” website, after a large-scale security operation by the Turkish authorities on the ninth of last April targeting dozens of people accused of being subordinate to him in separate states, especially in the state of Istanbul.
In addition, Bakr expressed in his video recordings his anger at the way the security operation began, referring to the raid on his villa in Beykoz district in Istanbul, and a search of his family.
The semi-official Anadolu Agency reported in early April that the Turkish authorities launched an operation against members of “organized crime”, and arrested 52 people in several provinces, accusing them of being associated with the mafia leader, Sadat Bakr.
The agency said that the arrested persons “are involved in many crimes, such as establishing an organization to commit crimes, conditional plunder, extortion, bribery, threats and deprivation of liberty,” confirming that “Villa Bakr in Beykoz” was searched.
“Shake the Turkish interior”
In the years before his escape from Turkey, in February 2020, the mafia leader, Sadat Bakr, knew his proximity to the ruling circles, whether the “Justice and Development” party or its ally, the “Nationalist Movement Party”, which appeared in separate statements to him, along with pictures that documented his support for these two Bipartisan. In his right hand he used to raise the “Bozkurt” slogan of the gray wolf, which is adopted by the right-wing nationalist movements, and in his left hand the “Rab’a slogan” adopted by the “Justice and Development” circles.
Thus, his current coup against his old history constitutes a “resounding shock”, the main causes of which have not been clear until now, especially since the accusations he leveled have not been preceded for nearly a decade.
It was noteworthy from the accusations directed against the Agar and Pelican groups (Pelican). Bakr said that these two sides had conspired against him in the wake of the recent security operation. Serhad Al-Bayrak also attacked the owner of the “Turquoise” media group, who is Berat Al-Albayrak’s brother.
Bakr accused Serhad of using his media and television channels to discredit him, as he addressed him, saying: “You broke the bones of the Justice and Development Party’s deputy Fawzi Ishbasharan at the police station in 2014 because he insulted the wife of the President of the Republic, that is, the mother of your brother’s wife.”
Meanwhile, Bakr claimed that it was relations with his family that helped Minister Suleiman Soylu to ascend the ranks of the right-wing “Right Path” party, before he joined the “Justice and Development” in 2012.
He said, “Soylu helped me avoid being pursued by the police by notifying him that an investigation was being prepared against him, before he fled Turkey in early 2020.” He also added that Soylu previously told people that he “loves him.”
“What has changed in such a short period of time? Wasn’t you the one who gave me police protection and then extended it after a year?” He wondered who the Turkish authorities described as a “mafia leader.”
Bakr also accused the former Minister of the Interior, Muhammad Agar, of being involved in “mafia” cases, and his son, a deputy in the “Justice and Development”, accused him of this, in addition to holding him responsible for rape practices, which the two defendants denied in statements to Turkish media, in recent days.
The accusations of Sadat Bakr did not remain unanswered, but rather the Turkish government pushed for an official response, which came from the Turkish Interior Minister, Suleiman Soylu, who was mentioned by name in the five video recordings.
Turkish observers said that Bakr’s targeting of Minister Soylu comes as the latter has tended in recent years to end the influence of many mafia leaders in the country, a policy that he is following until now.
Soylu said in a statement posted on the Twitter site three days ago: “To prove his allegations (Sadat Bakr), and I am ready for the death seat.”
On Monday, Soylu filed a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara through his lawyer, claiming “insult and slander.”
On the other hand, the Ministry of Interior described the allegations raised by Bakr in the videos as “defamation and accusation.”
The ministry said in a statement: “The slander and accusations directed against the person mentioned in the publications he issued on social media sites from abroad are considered a new criminal activity against our security forces and our state.”
‘The opposition is on the line’
The above brought back the memory of the Turkish circles to the 1996 “Susurluk” incident, which revealed the relationship of some MPs with the mafia gangs.
A car accident occurred on November 3, 1996 in Susurluk district between Bursa and Balik Asir, and in the car that was involved was the deputy of شانanlıurfa Province of the “Right Way” party, Sadat Adib Bojak, the director of the Istanbul Police Academy, Hossein Kocadag, and the leader of the mafia Abdullah Chatley.
Commenting on Bakr’s videos, the leader of the Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kelshadaroglu, considered the latter’s threats a “management crisis”, accusing the AKP government figures of surrendering and submitting to the dictates of some parties.
Alongside him, the leader of the “good” party, Miral Akshenar, said, “The allegations made by Sadat Bakr are extremely terrible and dire … the scandals that have emerged as a stigma in every sense of the word. There can be no deep state and a shallow state … the state cannot be deviated from The legal framework”.
On the other hand, the leader of the Democratic and Progress Party, Ali Babacan, considered that “the scene shown by Sadat Bakr’s statements is reminiscent of the 1990s, where the relations between the state, politics and the mafia were very intertwined. Over sadness and grief. ”
As for the leader of the Future Party, Ahmet Davutoglu, he responded late, saying after publishing Bakr’s fourth recording, “Mafia political relations are a phenomenon that undermines the state. We are witnessing a similar network of relationships that destroyed the dignity and politics of our state’s institutions in the 1990s.”
“Let’s wait for the intelligence struggle.”
The aforementioned scene played a role in Turkish writers and journalists, especially those close to the ruling Justice and Development Party.
The Turkish writer close to the decision-making circles in Ankara, Mehmet Agat, wrote an article in the newspaper “Yeni Safak”, in which he reviewed the reasons for choosing Sadat, the firstborn of the UAE, as a place to broadcast the video recordings, and to make accusations against former and current officials.
In the same context, the Turkish journalist, Abd al-Qadir Sylvy, wrote an article in the newspaper “Hurriyet” on Sunday under the title: “Who uses the Turkish mafia leader Sadat Bakr against Turkey?”
Sylvie considered that “Bakr is an international tool for some regional projects hostile to Turkey, and to Turkish President Erdogan.”
So far, there has been no official Turkish comment confirming Bakr’s presence in the UAE. The latter also did not comment on Bakr’s allegations that he was inside its territory.
Who is Sadat Bakr?
Sadat Bakr was popular during his stay in Turkish territory and after his escape from it, so that he was called for long periods of time as “President Sadat Bakr.”
In June 2020, a group of soldiers posted a video from their barracks on Twitter, and congratulated Bakir on his birthday.
According to the recording still posted, they said, “Happy Birthday, Reese. We kiss your hands.” They added, “Today is the birthday of our leader, Sadat Bakr. Happy birthday, our leader. We wish you a pleasant life.”
In the spring of 2018, news and photos were published through Turkish media, and reported that Sadat Bakr had provided a number of four-wheel drive vehicles and bulletproof shields to the Syrian factions supported by Turkey in the northern countryside of Aleppo, in exchange for what they presented “in the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations.”
The name Sadat Bakr is widely known in Turkey, since the 1990s, by being the most prominent mafia leader.
He was born in the state of Sakarya in 1971, and has been in and out of prison several times (1971, 2005, 2007, 2017) in the past years.
A Turkish court had recently acquitted him of threatening an academic group with death, due to their call for negotiations and a peaceful solution to the Kurdish crisis.