Turkish mafia boss used fraudulent medical reports for 'luxury' prison stint - report

Turkish far-right mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı used fraudulent medical reports during his time in prison that enabled him luxuries, including access to guests around the clock and food from outside the facility, journalist İsmail Saymaz reported on Sunday.

Çakıcı, known for his ties to the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader and junior coalition partner to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Devlet Bahçeli, was released from prison in April of last year following 16 years behind bars. He had been convicted of establishing and leading a criminal organisation, ordering a murder, instigating assault and insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The 68-year-old’s medical report was signed off on by doctors the crime leader intimidated and allowed him to establish authority in the prison he served time in central Kırıkkale province, Saymaz wrote in Sözcü newspaper. 

Medical reports by doctors included an April 2018 stipulation that Çakıcı ''under no circumstances'' could serve time in solitary confinement, while noting that the mob boss could leave his cell at any time during the day or night to get air in the courtyard, according to Saymaz.

The same reports called for elaborate meals for Çakıcı, including fish, grilled meat and regional cheese hand-delivered by his lawyers, noting that the items on the inmate's menu should not be prepared in the prison facilities.

Moreover, the reports stated that Çakıcı had multiple terminal illnesses, allowing him visitations around the clock from family and friends, the journalist cited them as saying.

Erdoğan’s junior coalition partner Bahçeli personally facilitated Çakıcı’s release from prison last year and refers to the mob boss as a fellow “compatriot’’.

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