Osman Nuri Kabaktepe
Place of Birth: Turkey;
Osman Nuri Kabaktepe is an influential political operative who was recently elected chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) provincial organization in Istanbul was under surveillance for his links to a terrorist group.
He was monitored by police intelligence over his alleged links to the Muslim Youth Organization (Turkish name – Müslüman Gençlik Örgütü), a group that functioned as a breeding ground for armed jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda.
The documents indicate that police intelligence started monitoring Kabaktepe’s Gmail and Hotmail accounts on August 29, 2011.
The wiretap request submitted to the court listed Kabaktepe as a suspect who was linked to the Muslim Youth terror group.
Apparently, the police picked up information to warrant the surveillance of Kabaktepe as part of an investigation to prevent possible terrorist attacks.
The surveillance record on Kabaktepe was listed in an inspection report that reviewed warrants for both preventive intelligence gathering and prosecutorial criminal investigation, both of which required advance authorization from a judge.
Kabaktepe appears to have escaped the long arm of the criminal justice system and law enforcement thanks to the political cover provided by Erdogan.
He was in the number two position at the Maarif Foundation, a Turkish government entity funded by Turkish taxpayers in order to promote the political Islamist agenda abroad through schools.
He was a perfect choice for Erdogan’s global ambitions considering the fact that Kabaktepe had substantial experience as the head of the youth branches in the religious Felicity (Saadet) Party, the Turkish equivalent of the Muslim Brotherhood that was established by the late Necmettin Erbakan, the founding father of political Islam in Turkey.
He graduated from a faculty of theology after completing religious high school in his hometown of Fatsa in northern Ordu province on the Black Sea coast.
He is also vice president of an Islamist outfit called Cihannuma Association for Solidarity and Cooperation Platform (Cihannüma Dayanışma ve İşbirliği Platformu Derneği), which is headquartered in Istanbul.
Cihannuma acts as a revolving door for young ideologues who have been selected for government positions based on ideological zealotry rather than merit.
The organization has close links to Hamas in Gaza, hosted Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Istanbul and worked with Jihad Ya’amur, the Hamas representative in Turkey who was considered by Israel to be a terrorist for his role in the abduction of an IDF soldier who was later killed during a rescue attempt.
Another organization that Kabaktepe works closely with is controversial charity group the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İnsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri ve İnsani Yardım Vakfı, or IHH), a pro-government Islamist organization that was accused of smuggling arms to al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists in Syria and Libya and acts as a hub for installing religious fanatics and zealots in government jobs with the help of the Turkish president’s family enterprise.
The IHH works with the Turkish intelligence agency and acts as a tool in the hands of the Erdogan government.
He has shares and interests in multiple companies that operate in numerous fields from mining to cyber security and has partners from Saudi Arabia to Sudan.
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