Turkey’s Main Opposition Leader, CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu on the threats from an organised crime leader : “Turkey is experiencing that where there is no law, where there is no judiciary, the state can become an organized crime state after a period of time”

Turkey’s Main Opposition Leader, CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu on the threats he received from organised crime leader Alaattin Çakıcı :

“Turkey is experiencing that where there is no law, where there is no judiciary, the state can become an organized crime state after a period of time.”*

CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu filed a criminal complaint against Alaattin Çakıcı

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has filed a criminal complaint against Alaattin Çakıcı, who has recently insulted and threatened him in an open letter on social media.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has appealed to the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office via his attorney Celal Çelik and complained about the remarks of Alaattin Çakıcı, who was previously arrested for and convicted of leading a criminal organization and was released from prison on April 15, 2020 after the Parliament passed “the law of criminal execution” to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in prisons.

Çelik has announced the criminal complaint on his social media account. “We have filed a criminal complaint of ‘insult’ and ‘threat’ against criminal organization leader Alaattin Çakıcı, who is a ‘so-called mafia,” the attorney has said and added, “We will call [him] to account for the rudeness.”

What happened?

In his speech at the Parliamentary group meeting, Kılıçdaroğlu addressed Devlet Bahçeli, the Chair of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and said, “He criticizes the CHP very often because he has been assigned with being a watchman.” He also asked, “Will you stop releasing mafia leaders and drug traffickers while imprisoning criminals of thought?”

Following this statement, Alaattin Çakıcı shared a statement on his Twitter account and warned Kılıçdaroğlu “to watch his step.” He also threatened the main opposition chair by saying, “If you equate traitors with Bahçeli, you will make the biggest mistake of your life.”

For more:

https://m.bianet.org/english/politics/234618-chp-chair-kilicdaroglu-files-a-criminal-complaint-against-cakici 

After this statement was shared with the public on social media, several prominent figures from the CHP, including CHP Parliamentary Group Deputy Chairs Engin Altay and Özgür Özel, Spokesperson Faik Öztrak and Ankara MP Levent Gök have denounced the statement.

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Background readings:

Turkish opposition leader attacked at soldier’s funeral

21 April 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48005481

Main opposition accuses Turkish authorities of turning blind eye to attack against CHP leader

https://ahvalnews.com/kemal-kilicdaroglu/main-opposition-accuses-turkish-authorities-turning-blind-eye-attack-against-chp

Attacks on main opposition CHP will increase, but party will not ‘back down,’ says chairman

https://chpbrussels.org/2020/06/15/attacks-on-main-opposition-chp-will-increase-but-party-will-not-back-down-says-chairman/

Organised crime on the rise in Turkey

Figures from the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Security’s 2018 report show that the number of people suspected of organised crime rose from 606 in 2016 to 2,209 last year.

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-crime/organised-crime-rise-turkey 

*DokuzNews

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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