Turkish mob boss receives jail sentence for threatening main opposition leader

A Turkish court on Monday sentenced organised crime leader Alaattin Çakıcı to one year and eight months in prison on charges of threatening and insulting the leader of the country’s main opposition party.

The verdict was announced by the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) lawyer Celal Çelik on Twitter.

Çakıcı in November threatened Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu after the CHP leader criticized the government over the mob boss’s release from prison as part of a general amnesty designed to allow the release of up to one third of the country’s prison population.

Çakıcı, who is 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.

Bahçeli had been campaigning for the release of Çakıcı, who was convicted of establishing and leading a criminal organisation, ordering a murder, instigating assault, among other charges. 

The CHP leader filed a criminal complaint against Çakıcı after the latter in a hand-written statement published on his Twitter told Kılıçdaroğlu that the masses could not “save” him while warning the CHP leader to “watch his step.”

Çakıcı was a prominent name in the 1980s as a crime boss and indicted in 1995 for contracting the killing of his wife in front of their son before fleeing abroad. Following his 1998 extradition from France, Çakıcı was released from prison in 2002. In 2004, Çakıcı was extradited again, this time from Austria, and had been in prison since then.

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