"Netflix contacted Sedat Peker for a series"
A lawyer of rogue Turkish mafia boss Sedat Peker said during a TV interview that Netflix contacted his client for a proposal to make a biographical series.
Lawyer Ersan Barkin told Serkan Oz of Veryansin TV that Peker received "an official proposal" from the California-based production company, and Peker suggested that the actor to play his character ought to be somebody that is "himself a hysterical type in his own daily life, rather than one with great acting skills."
Barkin also claimed that the authorities of the United Arab Emirates have had a person in custody for two months now allegedly over an assassination attempt at Peker. He said that the man, an Iranian national, had links to Turkish officials, and that Peker was informed about the assassination plan beforehand and delivered a message to the man.
Peker was a close ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and went rogue after he faced conflicts with another mafia boss Alaattin Cakici, backed by the far right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
Peker fled to UAE and released a series of videos on Youtube in which he exposed the relations between senior government officials and shady figures including Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, who fled Turkey on the verge of his arrest allegedly with the help of the Turkish interior minister and who was later arrested in Austria and handed over to the US in July 2022 over charges of money laundering.
Peker's videos have been viewed tens of millions of times, a single video having being viewed 19 million times, and another 15 million times.
Peker was listed in a 2021 police report as the third biggest crime boss in Turkey, while Cakici was listed as the biggest.