Murdered mob boss linked to Erdogan's chief adviser

Murdered mob boss linked to Erdogan's chief adviser
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Documents have emerged showing that murdered Turkish Cypriot Halil Falyali did business with the sons of Maksut Ekrem Serim, a chief adviser to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

A Turkish Cypriot businessman who was murdered last year had started a business with the children of a high-ranking bureaucrat while he was wanted in Turkey, Halk TV reported.

Documents have emerged showing that Halil Falyalı, whose name is known for drug trafficking, illegal betting, laundering millions of dollars and extortion archives, did business with Yasin Ekrem Serim, the son of Maksut Serim, who served for many years as the head of the Discretionary Fund and was chief adviser to the president. Yasin Ekrem Serim himself was a deputy minister in the Foreign Ministry at the time, according to Halk TV.

The duo established a company called Northern Assocıates Tradıng Limited in December 2022, when a warrant was issued for Falyali's arrest. Maksut Serim's other son, Halil Ibrahim Serim, an executive in a private company, was the third partner.

Halil Falyali was shot dead by unidentified people in Kyrenia on the island of Cyprus in February 2022 after being accused by fugitive Turkish mafia boss Sedat Peker on YouTube of trafficking cocaine through people connected to high-ranking officials in the Turkish government, including the son of former Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.