| Hüseyin Baybaşin |
(Drug Trafficker, Deep State Actor)
25 December 1956
| • drug trafficking|
A druglord with close and acknowledged ties to Turkish government leaders, who also worked as an informer for UK Customs & Excise. Now in prison
The Guardian reported in 2006 that police had estimated that the Baybasin Cartel was "notorious among law enforcement agencies across Europe", and "controlled up to 90% of the heroin which entered the country [UK] after its leading members settled in the home counties in the mid-1990s". It noted further that a Cartel member spoke of the UK becoming a "sanctuary" for the gang's leaders after a deal was struck with UK Customs & Excise.
State Druglord Nexus
The Guardian reports that it "is unclear whether [UK] Customs was operating with ministerial approval" in collaborating with Baybaşin. Michael Howard, who was Home Secretary at the time, and Ann Widdecombe (who it incorrectly stated was the then "UK Immigration Minister"), both claimed that they could not recall the name "Baybaşin".
In May 1996, while in jail on drug trafficking charges, Baybasin gave an interview to Aydınlık ("Illumination"), then a weekly magazine of the Workers' Party, the leading opposition group in Turkey. He claimed that the heroin transports are controlled by former police chief and then-minister of the interior Mehmet Agar. In another interview with the Volkskrant he claimed that Turkish president Suleyman Demirel and Turkish Prime minister Tansu Ciller were equally involved.
In 2007, Baybaşin arranged a lawsuit against Joris Demmink, pleading his innocence. He had been imprisoned on drug trafficking charges, possibly after personal pressure on Demmink from the Turkish government.
- May 18, 1996, Issue 465, Aydınlık
- August 4, 1997, Volkskrant, 'Sorgdrager voor uitlevering Koerd na garanties Turkije'