An investigation was launched into mafia leader Alaattin Çakıcı over threatening main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
The launching of the probe was announced by ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Group Deputy Chair Bülent Turan, who said that "what's necessary needs to be done within the scope of the law."
"The prosecutor's office launched the necessary investigation. This is the information I obtained," Turan said on Nov. 19, following backlash from opposition parties and on social media.
Kılıçdaroğlu was threatened by notorious mafia leader Alaattin Çakıcı on Nov. 17 after the former criticized the government for allowing the release of “mafia leaders and drug traffickers" in an amnesty law in April.
Çakıcı was released from prison on April 16 as part of the law that was drafted by the AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Journalists and political prisoners were excluded from the government's amnesty law.
Çakıcı's release had been a long-term project for MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli. Shortly after calling for a general amnesty on May 12, 2018, Bahçeli had paid a visit to Çakıcı in prison, who he deemed “a lover of the nation.”
Çakıcı released a statement on Twitter on Nov. 17 telling Kılıçdaroğlu to “watch his step.” “If you put Bahçeli in the same pot as traitors, you would be making the mistake of your life,” Çakıcı wrote.
While the CHP leader on Nov. 18 filed a complaint against Çakıcı, the mafia leader responded to the main opposition head with yet another threat.
"Get Bahçeli's name out of your mouth, you couldn't even add up to his balls," Çakıcı said in a new open letter.
"Rather than speaking like a woman, get me killed if you have the guts," Çakıcı added.
Later in the day, Bahçeli, a very close friend of the mafia leader, came to Çakıcı's support and defended his threatening letter.
While Bahçeli was slammed for defending a mafia leader, the AKP had remained silent on the issue until Nov. 19.
On Nov. 19, Turan said that "threats and insults are unacceptable regardless of whom they are coming from."
"What's necessary should be done within the scope of the law, which is an unchanging principle of the AKP. This is our stance. There should be no threats and insults against individuals," Turan said.
Babacan calls on Erdoğan to speak up
Meanwhile, the leader of the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), Ali Babacan, called on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to speak up on the issue.
Sayın Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’nu aradım. İllegal yapıların tehditlerini ve iktidar ortağının da bunları desteklemesini koşulsuz şekilde kınadığımızı belirttim.— Ali Babacan (@alibabacan) November 19, 2020
Her konuda açıklama yapan Cumhurbaşkanının bu konudaki sessizliği kabul edilemez.
Biz her zaman meşru siyaseti savunacağız.
He also said that he called Kılıçdaroğlu to convey that his party condemns the threats of the illegal structures.
"The silence of Erdoğan who releases statements on every issue is unacceptable. We will always defend legitimate politics," Babacan said.
Right-wing Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener also commented on the issue, slamming the silence on the government's side.
"I want to say that I perceive this as a threat made against the will of the nation," Akşener said on Nov. 19, while slamming Bahçeli for defending Çakıcı.