Similar to the videos published by the Turkish mafia leader, Sedat Bekir, months ago and sparked widespread controversy in Turkey after he accused government officials, a video circulating on social media forced an official in the ruling Justice and Development Party to resign from his position.
In the details, Khurshid Kilic, Secretary-General of the branch of the ruling party led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the city of Yozgat in central Turkey, announced his sudden resignation after circulating a clip in which Kilic appeared to be taking drugs and seemed unconscious.
The same video also showed the presence of quantities of narcotics in his desk drawer, in addition to a tube used for drug use.
The video, which appears to have been leaked by those close to Kilic, also showed an accurate scale that he may have used to determine the amount of narcotics he was taking.
Al-Arabiya.net tried to obtain a comment from the director of the official’s office in the ruling party, but he refused.
“I will remain loyal to our leader Erdogan and to the party he leads, even though I resigned from my position as head of the AKP branch in Yozgat,” Kilic said on his official Twitter account.
Although the video forced him to resign, Kilic refused to comment on it or deny its authenticity, but announced his intention to file a complaint with the public prosecutor.
Most journalists avoid commenting on drug use or trafficking by Turkish officials, for fear of prosecution. However, people outside Turkey raise this matter, as did Sedat Bekir, the leader of the Turkish mafia, months ago, when he accused senior officials of drug trafficking and smuggling them outside the country. Along with other officials.
The videos in which Becker appeared, after they were posted on YouTube, were watched by millions and made headlines in international and Turkish media, especially those affiliated with the opposition, but the government led by the Justice and Development Party and allied with the far-right Nationalist Movement Party did not take any steps. Except for the arrest of the controversial man, although the opposition demanded the dismissal of the current interior minister, Suleiman Soylu, as an entry point for any security investigations, after Bekir revealed that Soylu provided him with security services, including his protection abroad.
The Turkish authorities had seized 5,000 synthetic drug pills a while ago in the building of the Directorate of Family and Social Services in the state of Malatya.
Several months ago, the Drug Crime Unit announced that Turkey had become a station for the trade in drugs imported from South America, according to what the Turkish newspaper, Zaman, reported in its Arabic version.