| Hüseyin Baybaşin |
(Drug Trafficker, Deep State Actor)
25 December 1956
| • drug trafficking|
|Interest of||Turkey/Deep state|
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
Dutch MIVD head Hans van de Ven became increasingly critical of the Intelligence agencies their mass surveillance during the Baybasin investigation. A profile on a Dutch crime site suggests a few reasons as to why. In the investigation on the surveillance of Huseyin Baybasin, Van de Ven claimed that phone calls of Baybasin reported as evidence had been manipulated. Although he was an expert in the case, his reputation was damaged by advocate-general Diederik Aben, who rejected his conclusions and labelled him incompetent. The Supreme Court eventually rejected the review request, leaving questions about the manipulated wiretaps unanswered.
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.
- Hans van de Ven
- May 18, 1996, Issue 465, Aydınlık
- August 4, 1997, Volkskrant, 'Sorgdrager voor uitlevering Koerd na garanties Turkije'