Sedat Edip Bucak (born 31 October 1960 in Siverek) is the leader of the Bucak tribe in Siverek, Şanlıurfa Province, and a Turkish politician elected to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1991, 1995 and 1999. He survived the 1996 Susurluk car crash which led to the Susurluk scandal over links between police, politicians and the Turkish mafia. In 2004 he was convicted of involvement in the Susurluk criminal gang, overturning a previous acquittal. Although the Turkish political system has alleged that it is coping democratic systems, it supported this head of tribe in order to fight against the Kurdish rebels. Bucak was a member of counter-guerilla which is responsible for heinous crimes against civilian and combatants Kurds. See the sandal of Susurluk scandal to know more about about his involvement in the counter-guerilla. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susurluk_scandal Bucak was well supported by the Turkish state and worked alongside the ultra-nationalist Turks of MHP against his own people.
He was born in Siverek in 1960. His father is İsmail Hakkı.
In October 1993 he held a meeting with Democracy Party (DEP) Siirt MP Zübeyir Aydar and Şırnak MP Selim Sadak. In this meeting, he declared that the state had done everything to destroy the fraternity between the Turkish and Kurdish nations. In December 1993 he organized the distribution of a leaflet entitled “Siverek Youth” in the district center of Siverek.
He was re-elected in the 1995 general election. He was the sole survivor of the November 1996 Susurluk car crash which led to the Susurluk scandal, due to the identities of the other three crash victims (contract killer and drug smuggler Abdullah Çatlı and his girlfriend, and police official Hüseyin Kocadağ). The crashed Mercedes belonged to Bucak. Bucak's parliamentary immunity was revoked, but it was reinstated when he was re-elected in 1999, putting the Susurluk-related trial on hold.
Bucak failed to win a seat in the 2002 general election, and as a result he lost his parliamentary immunity, and a case against him in relation to the Susurluk gang proceeded in December 2002. In 2004 he was convicted of involvement in the Susurluk criminal gang, overturning a previous acquittal. He was sentenced to one year in prison.
- Sedat Bucak ve Mehmet Ağar hakkındaki Susurluk fezlekesi, T.C. İSTANBUL DEVLET GÜVENLİK MAHKEMESİ CUMHURİYET BAŞSAVCILIĞI. 30.01.1997
- Hurriyet Daily News, 14 November 2006, Court announces ruling in Susurluk trial
- Turkish Daily News, 18 December 2002, Trial process for Asik and Bucak kicks off
- Today's Zaman, 5 March 2004, Appeals Court Reverses Bucak's Acquital in Susurluk Case
- 1998 Report. Ankara: Human Rights Foundation of Turkey. 2000. Archived from the original on 2009-02-05. (English)