Turkey’s Gendarmerie General Command on Thursday issued a statement rejecting accusations by mob boss Sedat Peker that the military police played a role in the death of Kyrgyz student journalist Yeldana Kaharman.
Peker, in two videos he posted on social media, claimed former interior minister Mehmet Ağar and his son Tolga Ağar, a member of parliament from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), were both involved in the suspicious death of Kyrgyz national Yeldana Kaharman in Turkey in March 2019.
Kaharman, a student at Turkey’s Fırat University who also worked as a local broadcaster based in the eastern city of Elazığ, was found dead in her apartment on March 28, 2019, a day after visiting the home of Tolga Ağar.
Peker accused Mehmet Ağar of having taken Kaharman away in a military helicopter after the young woman went to the gendarmerie outpost to file a complaint. “The girl was found dead the next day,” Peker said.
“The woman named Yeldana Kaharman has in no way appealed to the gendarmerie, and the claim that she was taken away in a helicopter is completely out of the realm of reality,” the gendarmerie said in the statement.
Last month Turkish police raided Peker’s villa in Istanbul, detaining 62 other organised crime suspects as part of an Istanbul-based operation but failed to detain the mob boss since he was outside the country.
In 2020, a court in Istanbul banned access to news reports related to the suspicious death of Kaharman. In March 2021, another court in the eastern Elazığ province banned further access to news sites that reported on the access ban over the death of the young woman.