One of the guards of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has committed suicide, leaving behind a letter that blamed his superiors.
The 28-year-old police officer, Mehmet Ali Bulut, was found dead in his house on March 15 next to a letter that blamed his death on his superiors C.B. and A.Ö. He also asked for no high-ranking official to attend his funeral.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Murat Bakan took the issue to parliament via submitting a question that asked Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu about the increasing number of suicides among police officers.
"Young boys are ending their lives. Where are you Süleyman Soylu! These people choose to become police officers and then end their lives. What pushes them towards suicide?" Bakan asked on March 16.
"These officers are always mentioning pressure from their superiors. Do you hear their voices Mr. Soylu? Do you hold the names mentioned in their letters responsible? Do you launch investigations after accepting these letters as notices? You have to," the lawmaker said.
"Do you think that pressure from the superiors and heavy working conditions are the main causes of suicides among police officers," he asked.
Bakan also wanted information on whether the ministry is working towards preventing similar incidents.