In a video that he posted on May 24, 2021, crime group leader Sedat Peker referred to the murder of journalist Kutlu Adalı in Northern Cyprus in 1996 and pointed at Mehmet Ağar and Korkut Eken within this context. Arguing that he met Eken, Peker said, “He told me, ‘There is a guy in Cyprus.’ I said, ‘Yes, brother.’ He said, ‘This guy wants to sell Cyprus to the Greek’.” According to Sedat Peker, Korkut Eken and Atilla Peker went to Cyprus for reconnaissance. Peker said in the video: “But the God Almighty didn’t predestine that person’s blood for us. The man was an honorable man. He foresaw today and worked for this. He was not selling the country to the Greek or anything… Time passed after this, they came back 3-4 days later, we couldn’t get to meet. He told me, ‘We talked to elder brother Korkut, we will go again.’ Then, another team affiliated with them killed him there. We came across Korkut, he said, ‘That job has been done’” (May 24).
Taken into custody over the killing of Kutlu Adalı in Northern Cyprus in 1996, Sedat Peker’s brother Atilla Peker was released with an international travel ban after giving his statement at the İstanbul Kartal Anadolu Courthouse. An action was taken against Atilla Peker on charge of “aiding premeditated murder.” In a statement released by the chief public prosecutor’s office, it was indicated that the proceedings started by asking the judicial authorities of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) for information and documents, obtaining the potential evidence in Turkey and taking Peker’s statement (June 2).