Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Cocaine trafficking case of Erdoğan associate on the shoals

Ali Osman Akat became a suspect in a drug trafficking network after German customs searched the contents of a Turkey-bound container. The cargo left Bogota and arrived in Istanbul after going through Customs while in transit in Panama, the US and Germany. Inspection at Leipzig/Halle Airport on November 20, 2021 revealed 116 kg of cocaine mixed in with iron dust.
Ali Osman Akat with Erdoğan, Foreign Minister.

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu with Ali Osman Akat.
At the request of Turkey, Germany agreed to let the shipment proceed with mutual consent that the bust would be made in Turkey. The bust was kept quiet. In the arraignment on December 17, Akat was quickly released while his peons were detained. The same judge who ordered Akat’s release decided to arrest him on January 6, 2022 after a challenge was filed by the prosecutor. Akat was again released at the first hearing on May 20, 2022.
It is obvious the Turkish government is eager to derail the case against Akat.