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Is the Susurluk key name Hostan?

HDN | 2/3/1998 12:00:00 AM |

Topal's former partner Sami Hostan who surrendered to Istanbul police the other day refuses all accusations about him. Hostan is accused of being a gang member and having Topal murdered.By Hakan Aslaneli / Turkish Daily News Istanbul - After the hero of tragicomical film Susurluk, Sami Hostan known as Arnavut (Albanian) Sami surrendered to the police, the puzzle was complete except for Yesil. Tens of Susurluk defendants charged with forming gangs had surrendered one by one and all of them were released

  • Topal's former partner Sami Hostan who surrendered to Istanbul police the other day refuses all accusations about him. Hostan is accused of being a gang member and having Topal murdered.By Hakan Aslaneli / Turkish Daily News

    Istanbul - After the hero of tragicomical film Susurluk, Sami Hostan known as Arnavut (Albanian) Sami surrendered to the police, the puzzle was complete except for Yesil. Tens of Susurluk defendants charged with forming gangs had surrendered one by one and all of them were released after they stayed in prison one or two months. Sami Hostan, it is claimed, is following the same path as well.

    Hostan, who was casinos king Omer Lutfu Topal's partner before he was murdered, had been sought as the person who gave the order to murder Topal. Hostan was arrested together with members of Special Team after Topal was murdered and they were all released by the Interior Minister of the time, Mehmet Agar. Hostan who was sought for 18 months surrendered to the police in a car in Atakoy, Istanbul.

    Hostan known as Arnavut Sami is a former mafia father. He was a friend of Topal from the years when Topal gambled in coffee houses before he became casinos king. Both are known as masters of a kind of dice game, barbut, played with rounded dice. Hostan, it is claimed, worked as a bridge between gangs within the state and the gambling mafia. He was a close friend of Abdullah Catli. He was one of the first persons who went to collect Catli's corpse after the Susurluk accident.

    The friendship of Topal who earned money through the barbutgame in Findikzade, founded the Emperyal Casinos' chain at the beginning of the 90's and became a king in the sector and Sami Hostan who is known to be a shareholder in many of the Emperyal Casinos was reportedly spoiled because of financial conflict.

    Hostan often met members of the Special Team as well as Abdullah Catli in July 1996, the month when Topal was murdered, and it has been reported that Hostan was definitely the person who ordered the murder of Topal.

    One day before Sami Hostan surrendered to the police, he contacted a journalist and gave an interview on the grounds that the public needed to be informed. Hostan accepted that he was a partner of Topal but he rejected the claim that he ordered the murder of Topal.

    Hostan was following the same path as that of Special Team members who were released after they surrendered and he contacted journalists. The leader of the Special Team, Ibrahim Sahin had spoken to journalist Nazli Ilicak and Special Team members Ayhan Carkin, Ercan Ersoy and Oguz Yorulmaz had spoken to journalist Behic Kilic and all of them had claimed that they were completely innocent.

    Sami Hostan followed the same path and he first spoke to journalist Tunca Bengin, claiming that he was innocent. Then he surrendered to the police and restated his claims. Sami Hostan will go to court within one or two days and he is likely to be formally arrested and charged. After that he can expect to head for home with a happy face accompanied by such slogans as "Turkey is proud of you" after he has stayed in prison for a couple of months. Everyone already knows this film.

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