Turkish opposition seeks probe into bribery allegations

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish opposition parties on Monday filed legal complaints to press Turkish prosecutors into investigating corruption allegations made by a fugitive

mafia boss against people close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Sedat Peker — a crime boss-turned-whistleblower —

accused the former head of the Turkish Capital Markets Board, a ruling party legislator, a presidential adviser and others of being part of a network allegedly seeking bribes from

companies trading on the stock market. Peker alleged that members of the group sought bribes from a businesswoman in the guise of “consultancy fees,” to resolve a problem

faced by her company. The businesswoman confirmed the allegations to the Halk TV news channel on Saturday. The mafia boss further claimed that Serhat Albayrak — the head of

the pro-government Turkuvaz Media group and the brother of Erdogan’s son-in-law, Berat Albayarak — coordinated the alleged bribery scheme. Albayrak's lawyer denied the allegation

and said he would take legal action against the “completely untrue” accusations. Other officials have also denied the claims. On Monday, at least five opposition

parties, including the main opposition Republican Peoples Party, or CHP, filed criminal complaints demanding that the judiciary — which they accuse of being subservient to

Erdogan’s nationalist government — take action over the allegations.